SIT opposes Rais Khan`s plea to become court witnesses
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Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 23:03
Ahmedabad: The special investigation team (SIT) on Monday opposed the application of former coordinator of an NGO, Centre for Justice and Peace (CJP) Rais Khan, to become a court witnesses in the Naroda Gam case of 2002 riots.

SIT advocate Ajay Choksi, opposing Khan's plea seeking permission to be examined as a court witness, said that he was neither an eye witness nor a victim of the riots in Naroda gam where 11 persons were killed, hence his plea needs to be rejected.

He further said that Khan had never approached the SIT after its formation in 2008, he was not a witness listed in the charge sheet filed by the agency.

Choksi further alleged that Khan has come to the court with an intention of helping some of the accused in the case, who have not opposed his plea.

Designated judge S H Vora hearing the case has reserved the order on Khan's application till December 3.

Khan's lawyer Bhargav Bhatt submitted that his client could throw light on various aspects of the case including the affidavits of some of the victims filed in the Supreme Court that had led to confusion.

He further said that Khan should be allowed to give his version as some of the witnesses in the case have alleged that he had manipulated their affidavits.

After the riots, Khan had worked as co-ordinator with CJP, headed by Teesta Setalvad, from February 28, 2002 to January 18, 2008.


First Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 23:03

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