SIT records statement of former Gujarat DGP in 2002 riots case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing some of the post-Godhra riot cases, on Tuesday interrogated former Gujarat Police chief P C Pande in connection with a complaint of Zakia Jaffery.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 23:58 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigation Team
(SIT), probing some of the post-Godhra riot cases, on Tuesday
interrogated former Gujarat Police chief P C Pande in
connection with a complaint of Zakia Jaffery.

"We today recorded the statement of former DGP P C
Pande," a member of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT told PTI.
Pande, who was police commissioner of the city during
the post-Godhra riots in 2002, was grilled by investigating
officer Himanshu Shukla under supervision of senior SIT
officials at the agency`s office in Gandhinagar, sources in
the SIT said.

The retired officer has been accused by some of the
riot victims of dereliction of duty, while he was police
commissioner of Ahmedabad.

His name also figures in the complaint filed by Zakia,
wife of former Congress MP Eshan Jaffery, who was among the 69
people killed in the Gulburg Society riots on February 28,
2002.

Based on Zakia`s complaint, the SIT had interrogated
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for over nine hours on
March 27-28.

The SIT had earlier issued summons to then minister of
state for home Gordhan Zadafia to remain present before it.
However, due to the civic body elections here, Zadafia had
sought more time from the agency.
PTI