Naroda case: Court asks SIT to probe role of cops
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 21:55
  
Ahmedabad: The SIT was on Wednesay ordered to further probe in the "larger interest of justice" the role of four senior police officers including former Police Commissioner P C Pande during the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya in which 95 people were killed.

The direction to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for further probe based on the phone call records provided by some of the victims was given by a special court hearing the Naroda Patiya riots case.

The riot victims last week sought further investigation in the matter and wanted four top-level police officers to be included as accused, alleging they were part of a conspiracy which led to inaction by police during the riots.

In their application, the victims had sought including as accused in the case the then Naroda Inspector K K Mysorewala, DCP (Zone IV) P B Gondia, JCP (sector 2) M K Tandon (now retired) and Police Commissioner P C Pande (who retired as DGP).

Special Judge Jyotsna Yagnik disposed of the victims' application after the investigating officer of the case Himanshu Shukla belonging to the SIT filed a reply stating that further investigation was on and the final report, as directed by the Supreme Court, would be filed in a magisterial court that had taken cognisance of the crime in 2002.

Following this assurance by the SIT, victims' advocate Y B Sheikh did not press with the application.

Directing the SIT to look into the clues provided by the victims and make further investigation if not done so far, the court said, "It was important to look into the allegations in the larger interest of justice".

Special public prosecutor Akhil Desai submitted that the SIT would further investigate the phone call details of certain officers.

He said the SIT would not hesitate to look into the clues provided by the victims and was willing to examine the matter afresh if so required.

The victims had alleged that these police officers were vital part of the criminal conspiracy which they had jointly hatched with some of the accused in the case including a former minister and MLA from Naroda and some local BJP leaders.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 21:55


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