Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday
allowed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to take voice
samples of two post-Godhra riot accused in the Naroda Gam case
for matching it with the audio-video evidence.
Justice M R Shah, hearing the SIT`s appeal challenging
special riot court`s order, allowed the agency to collect
voice samples of Babu Bajrangi and former VHP leader Jaydeep
Patel, accused in the Naroda Gam case, where 11 persons were
killed during riots on February 28, 2002.
In March this year, designated judge S H Vora of the
trial court had rejected SIT`s application of collecting the
duo`s voice samples, and observed that Indian Evidence Act and
the Criminal Procedure Code have no "express and specific"
provision for directing an accused to give voice sample for
The audio-video evidence with the SIT include the tapes
of sting operation by Tehelka, where some of the accused,
including Bajrangi, have been allegedly caught confessing of
their involvement in the post-Godhra riots in city and how
they were given a free hand by some local politicians.
Bajrangi is an accused in two cases -- Naroda Gam and
Naroda Patiya -- of the post-Godhra riots being investigated
by the Supreme Court appointed SIT, while Patel is accused in
Naroda Gam case.
Both have been accused of instigating the mob during the
riots in 2002.