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Gujarat riots: Former BJP minister questioned by SIT

Former BJP minister IK Jadeja was questioned by the SC-appointed SIT in Gulburg society riot case.



Ahmedabad: Former BJP minister I K Jadeja
was on Friday questioned for over two hours by the Supreme
Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection
with the 2002 Gulburg society riot case.

"I was called for further questioning by the SIT
today. I have answered their questions. I cannot reveal
anything further," Jadeja, who is currently state BJP
spokesperson, said after coming out of SIT office in
Gandhinagar.
This is the second time after November 9, 2009 that
Jadeja, who was Gujarat urban development minister in 2002,
has been questioned by the SIT.

The SIT had in March also questioned IPS officer
Sanjeev Bhatt.

The recording of statements of Bhatt and Jadeja was
done by SIT after the Supreme Court ordered it to consider
whether further probe was required against chief minister
Narendra Modi and 62 others in connection with the complaint
filed by Zakia Jaffery, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan
Jaffery, who was among the 69 killed in Gulburg society post
Godhra riots.

The apex court had in March, with regard to the
SIT report, stated that the "inferences and evidence do not
match with findings" and asked the agency to submit its
report by April 25 on whether further investigations were
required in Zakia`s complaint.

Zakia had approached the apex court after the Gujarat
High Court refused on November 3, 2007 to give any direction
and asked her to approach the magistrate`s court.
She had alleged that between February and May 2002
there was a "deliberate and intentional failure" of the state
government to protect the life and property of innocents.

In her complaint she alleged that Modi and 62 others,
including his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior
bureaucrats aided and abetted the riots which left over 1,000
people dead across the state.

In connection with Zakia`s complaint, SIT has already
recorded statements of Modi and a number of persons named in
her complaint which include, former minister of state for Home
Gordhan Zadafia, former BJP MLA from Lunawada Kalu Malivad and
sitting MLA from Mehsana Anil Patel, former IPS officer R B
Sreekumar, social activist Teesta Setalvad, IG Shivanand Jha,
senior police officers and political leaders.

PTI

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