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SIT is prejudiced against me: Togadia

india Updated: May 13, 2010 12:59 IST
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The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases was prejudiced against him, VHP leader Praveen Togadia alleged on Thursday.

Togadia, through his lawyer, claimed that while he was being questioned by SIT yesterday, at the same time some television news channels were airing details of the queries being posed to him.

"This makes it clear that even after the SIT inquiry was over, false and baseless conclusions and questions mentioned in the media reports were made public by the SIT," Togadia's lawyer Shaileshkumar Pandya said adding that this showed that the investigating agency was "biased" against him.

Togadia in a letter through Pandya to SIT member A K Malhotra demanded certified copies of the proceedings during his deposition before the team.

"You are requested to give the certified copies of the said questions and answers and all the proceedings that took place in your SIT office on May 10, 2010," the letter said.

The lawyer further said that by refusing to give all the required documents related to the SIT inquiry to his client, the agency showed it was part of a "larger conspiracy" to "defame and malign" Togadia and the Hindu organisation he works for.

Pandya in the letter alleged that SIT was from the very beginning "prejudiced" against his client which was evident from the actions of the agency which did not provide Togadia the copy of the complaint of Zakia Jaffery, based on which the VHP leader was called for questioning.