Police to quiz ex-MLA inside jail in post-Godhra riot case

A court in Mehasana permitted the police to question former Visnagar BJP MLA, arrested in a post-Godhra riot case of 2002, inside the jail.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 23:12 PM IST

Banaskantha: A court in Mehasana permitted
the police to question former Visnagar BJP MLA, arrested in a
post-Godhra riot case of 2002, inside the jail.

Additional District and sessions Judge Miss S C
Shrivastava rejected the application seeking police remand of
Prahlad Mohanlal Patel (Gosa) and asked the police to question
him inside the jail. The court also ordered video recording of
the questioning.
"The court has allowed the interrogation for two hours
each on Sunday and Monday," Govind Barhmbhatt, lawyer of Gosa,
said.

Gosa, along with former member of Visnagar Taluka
Panchayat Dahyabhai Tribhuvandas Patel, had on Tuesday last
surrendered before special judge S C Srivastava, who had sent
them in judicial custody.

The court has also ordered the investigating agency to
question Dahyabhai Patel in the same manner inside the jail
along with Gosa.

Gosa, who was the then MLA of Visnagar, and Patel are
facing charges of instigating the riots at Dipda Darwaja
locality of Visnagar town in Mehsana district where 11 people
of minority community were burnt to death by a mob in February
2002.
In February this year, a special court set up following
the Supreme Court order to conduct trial in some of the cases
probed by the special investigation team (SIT), had ordered
that Gosa and Patel be inducted as accused in Dipda Darwaja
case.

PTI