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SIT will use Ramchandran report appropriately: RK Raghavan

india Updated: Nov 15, 2011 15:22 IST
Mahesh Langa
Mahesh Langa
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The Supreme Court appointed SIT on Gujarat riots will "make appropriate use of report submitted by amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran on Gulberg society massacre case," SIT chief RK Raghavan told HT here.

"We have received the report and examining it. We will make appropriate use of it when we place the final report before the magistrate as directed by the Supreme Court," he said, declining to divulge more details on the issue.

He also declined to specify whether the SIT will place Ramchandran's report separately along with the SIT report before the magistrate.

Former CBI director Raghavan also refused to comment on Ramchandran's reported findings that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others can be prosecuted based on the available evidence for failure to contain riots in which 1200 people were killed in the state in 2002.

Asked by the apex court to "independently assess" the SIT report pertaining to the role of chief minister and others in the riots and meet the material witnesses in the case, Ramchandran in his report has reportedly contradicted SIT 's conclusion that "there was no evidence to initiate proceedings against chief minister and 62 others" named in the petition of Zakia Jafri, whose husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed at Gulberg society massacre.

"I cannot comment on these points. The final report being prepared by the SIT will be comprehensive and will answer all the questions on the issue" he said. When asked when the report will be placed, his response was, "There is no prescribed deadline set by the apex court. But as and when the agency is prepared with the report, the same will be placed before the metropolitan court in compliance with the SC order."

Meanwhile, social activist and co petitioner in the case,Teesta Setalvad said the SIT has not given a copy of it's report to the complainant. "In September after the SC order, we had written to the SIT seeking a copy of it's report and also the report of the amicus curiae but so far we have got no response from the agency," she told HT.

On September 12, a Supreme Court bench had asked the trial to decide on the matter on whether Modi and others can be prosecuted based on the SIT report and findings of Ramchandran.