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'SIT had to ensure justice... We have done our job'

The spotlight is firmly on the SITreport on the Gulbarg Society massacre, more so because it reportedly seeks closure of the case against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 62 others citing lack of evidence.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2012 18:41 IST
Mahesh Langa

The spotlight is firmly on the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report on the Gulbarg Society massacre, more so because it reportedly seeks closure of the case against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 62 others citing lack of evidence.

In an interview to HT, former Central Bureau of Investigation director RK Raghavan, head of the Supreme Court-constituted SIT, said the team was set up to ensure justice to victims of the 2002 riots in Gujarat and had worked towards that aim. Excerpts:

Has the SIT given a clean chit to Modi, as is being suggested in media reports, in the Gulbarg massacre case?
I cannot comment on the report which has been submitted in a sealed cover (to the Ahmedabad metropolitan court). Now, it is for the court to decide. The special investigation team has done what the Supreme Court asked it to do. The special investigation team is just a facilitator, merely helping the court arrive at the truth. We have done our job.

Has the amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case, Raju Ramchandran, differed from the SIT’s conclusion and sought prosecution of the persons named in the complaint?
Again, I cannot comment on this. Mr Ramchandran has submitted his report before the Supreme Court. We have a copy of it. In fact, he has agreed with most of the conclusions of the SIT. There may be some differences, but I will not elaborate.

Have you, as alleged in some quarters, ignored important evidence and gone soft on Modi’s role in the riots?
I refuse to react to such issues because I am accountable to the court and no one else. The SIT was set up to ensure that justice is done to the victims who suffered very badly in the riots. Under SIT supervision, re-investigation was carried out in the cases assigned. There have been additional arrests, additional evidence and additional chargesheets. The Sardarpura massacre case in which 31 accused were convicted bears testimony to that. Now, the verdict in the Deepda Darwaja case is expected.