Conflicting SIT reports raise questions: Congress

Congress said the SIT`s reported clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in post-Godhra riots and his indictment by the amicus curiae in the case raises some "very serious issues".

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2012, 00:20 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Monday said the SIT`s
reported clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in
post-Godhra riots and his indictment by the amicus curiae in
the case raises some "very serious issues".

The party hopes that the concerns of the amicus curiae
would be taken on board by the SIT as they have presented a
part of the report and asked for more time to present certain
additional documents, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told
reporters here.

His comments came hours after the SIT opposed sharing
with activists its final report on the probe into allegations
of Modi`s involvement in 2002 riots, as a court reserved till
Wednesday its order on their plea seeking access to the
crucial document.

SIT had submitted the report to the court in a sealed
cover last week amid speculation that Modi may have got relief
in the probe on Zakia Jafri`s complaint against the Chief
Minister and others on the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Zakia`s
husband Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, was among the 69
people killed in post-Godhra Gulberg Housing society riots.

Tewari also pointed out the statement of former Gujarat
Chief Minister Keshav Bhai Patel that his community was
living under fear in Gujarat was "indicative of the state of
affairs in the Modi-run state, which the BJP considers as its
Hindutva laboratory.

The SIT has reportedly given a clean chit to Modi in the
anti-Muslim riots citing absence of "prosecutable evidence"
against him whereas amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran had
recommended his prosecution in the case on various grounds.

PTI