SC amicus curiae, probing riots case, on Guj visit

Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 21:41

Ahmedabad: Supreme Court amicus curiae in the Gulberg Society case, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of giving a report on a complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others, is on a two day visit to Gujarat.
Raju Ramchandran, who has been entrusted by the apex court to find out independently if there is any evidence against Modi and others, named in a complaint, filed by Zakia Jaffery, today interacted with a few people attached to the case, including IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

"I had a more than two-hour long interaction with Ramchandran today," Bhatt told a news agency.

Bhatt refused to give details about the discussion he had with the court amicus curiae.

In a rare order, on May 6, the SC entrusted Ramchandran to have an independent overview of the report given by the SIT (appointed by the apex court) into the alleged role of Modi and others in the killing of Congress MP Ehsan Jaffery in Ahmedabad during the 2002 riots.

The court gave power to Ramchandran to analyse the report, comments and statements of the witnesses and, if required, interact with them to give an "objective" assessment of the evidence.

The apex court gave this judgment after Ramchandran had pointed out several loopholes in the report, submitted by the SIT to the Supreme Court, and had expressed dissatisfaction.

Bhatt had recently filed an affidavit in the SC alleging that Modi had asked police officials to go soft on rioters and allow them to vent their anger, in a meeting held on the night of February 27, 2002.

Zakia, wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffery, had alleged in the complaint that Modi, top politicians, bureaucrats and police officers had engineered the post-Godhra riots, in which, her husband and 68 others were killed by mobs in Gulberg Society.

Ramchandran will remain in the city tomorrow and is likely to interact with other witnesses in the case.

However, Tanvir Jaffery, son of Zakia said that Ramchandran has not called his mother or him for interaction, as he might be meeting a few witnesses, who might be important
in the case.


First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 21:41

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