`SIT should be charged with contempt of court`
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Last Updated: Monday, February 13, 2012, 23:33
Ahmedabad: The SIT, probing the 2002 riots cases, should charged with contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court order to submit all documets in connection with riot victim Zakia Jaffery's complaint to the magistrate, activist Teesta Setalvad's lawyer said on Monday.

The issue was raised by Setalvad's lawyer IM Munshi during a hearing on their plea seeking copy of the SIT's final report submitted to Metropolitan Magistrate M S Bhatt.

Zakia, Setalvad, Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) and one of the riot victims of Gulburg Society riots have sought a copy of the SIT report from the court.

The report was submitted in a sealed cover to the court last Wednesday. It reportedly gives a clean chit to chief minister Narendra Modi and 56 others on the ground that there is no "prosecutable evidence".

Today, during the hearing on group of applications seeking copy of the SIT report, the agency's counsel RS Jambuar revealed that a huge volume of evidence related to Zakia's complaint containing statements and other documents is still with the SIT.

Jambuar had earlier sought one month's time from the court to properly arrange those documents and serialise them before submitting in court.

On this, Munshi contended that SIT's action was a violation of Supreme Court's September 12, 2011 order asking it to submit all the documents related to Zakia's complaint before the magistrate and demanded that the agency should be charged with contempt of court.

He also asked the court to direct the Supreme Court-appointed SIT to first submit all the documents related to Zakia's complaint in the court.


First Published: Monday, February 13, 2012, 23:33

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