Naroda Gaam: Court issues warrant against witness
Ahmedabad: A designated court, hearing the 2002 post-Godhra riots case of Naroda Gaam area of the city where 11 persons were killed, on Thursday issued bailable warrant against a witness - a police inspector in CBI.
Designated trial court judge Jyotsna Yagnik issued bailable warrant against CBI inspector N S Raju and directed him to remain present before the court tomorrow for his deposition.
The court also warned the witness that, "if he would fail to attend the court as directed, a non-bailable warrant shall follow."
"Raju was a part of the team which investigated the authenticity of CD in a sting operation done by reporter Ashish Khetan of Tehelka in which some of the accused of this case had made extra-judicial confessions," said advocate Shamshad Pathan, who is appearing in this case on behalf of some victims.
After the publicity of that sting operation, National Human Rights Commission directed the CBI to probe its authenticity. Raju was a part of the team that had sent the CD to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Jaipur, which had authenticated its content.
The trial court had on June three issued summons to Raju directing him to remain present before the court today but he did not appear and also did not intimate about his absence to special public prosecutor.
Taking a serious note of this conduct, the designated judge observed that, "...The witness has intentionally disobeyed the order of the court and has acted in a contemptuous manner."
"This prima facie points out his intentional obstruction in the process of justice which is a clear interference with the administration of justice," the judge further observed.
In the aftermath of the train burning incident at Godhra on February 27, 2002, violence had broken out in Naroda Gaam industrial area where 11 people from the minority community had been killed.
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