Investigation in Naroda Patiya case still on: SIT
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 21:06
Ahmedabad: The special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots on Tuesday told the special court that investigation in the case was still on.

The statement was made by Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Akhil Desai before special Judge Jyotsna Yagnik hearing an application by NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), representing some of the riot victims, seeking directions from court for SIT to submit Action Take Report (ATR) on further probe conducted in the case.

Desai told the court that investigation in the Naroda Patiya case was still going on and he cannot say how much time SIT would take to submit the report.

After hearing the SIT and the JSM, the court reserved its order till December 3.

SIT had last month told the court that it would submit its report regarding the case before the concerned magisterial court as directed by the Supreme Court.

Appearing on behalf of JSM, advocate Amrish Patel contended that, by not submitting the report, SIT was deliberately attempting to delay the trial in the case which was nearing its end.

Patel further said their application seeking report on further investigation by SIT has been pending since 2009 and SIT should specify how long will it take to file report in this court on their application demanding further probe.

Patel urged the court to direct SIT to specify the time in which it would submits its report.

JSM, in their application had contended that the SIT was directed by the court last year to file the progress report in the Naroda Patiya case, which it has not done so far even as it has submitted progress report to the Supreme Court.

Ninety-five persons were killed in communal violence at Naroda on February 28, 2002, in which 67 persons are under trial which includes former minister of Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani.


First Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 21:06

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