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Supreme Court to hear petitions for FIR against Modi

The two pleas are by the fake encounter victim's brother Rubabuddin and Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2007 22:45 IST

The Supreme Court will examine on Monday two petitions seeking registration of an FIR and initiation of contempt proceedings against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his controversial remarks on Sohrabuddin Sheikh's death.

The petitions claim Modi, during a recent election rally, allegedly justified the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an encounter, a stand which is opposite of what his government told the apex court earlier while promising action against the errant cops.

The petitions also sought transfer of the case against the cops, including DIG DG Vanzara, outside Gujarat and for entrusting the investigations to CBI or a special investigation team.

Senior counsel Dushayant Dave appearing for Rubabbuddin Sheikh, Sohrabuddin's brother, and counsel Prashant Bhushan, representing lyricist and petitioner Javed Akhtar, mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and Dalveer Bhandari which listed the matter for Monday.

The petition filed by Rubabbuddin sought initiation of contempt proceedings against Modi on the ground that his statement justifying the Sohrabuddin's killing contradicted his government's affidavit in the apex court

Modi made the controversial statement while addressing an election meeting at Mangrol in Gujarat on December 4.

Sohrabuddin was shot dead on November 26 2005 in a fake encounter by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). His wife and associate were also killed later.