`SIT subverting riots probe to shield Modi`

Civil society groups and veteran Gandhians have alleged that the Supreme Court-appointed SIT is shield Narendra Modi.

Ahmedabad: Civil society groups and veteran
Gandhians in Gujarat have alleged the Supreme Court-appointed
Special Investigation Team was "subverting" probe in the 2002
riot cases to shield Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others.

In a letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) SH
Kapadia, they have questioned the integrity of the SIT, headed
by former CBI Director RK Raghavan, in probing the riot cases
in a just and unbiased manner.

"As citizens of Gujarat we write to you, concerned
that a historic investigation under the supervision of the
Supreme Court since 2008 is being subverted by vested
interests inimical to the rule of law," the letter claimed.

"This could prove disastrous for lasting and
sustainable justice that has to be the pre-requisite for peace
and harmony (in the state)."

"We are concerned and puzzled at the silence of SIT
over media reports on it filing closure report with regard to
Zakia Jaffery`s complaint against Modi and 62 others," veteran
Gandhian Chunibhai Vaidya told mediapersons here after
releasing the letter.

Others who have signed the letter include former Chief
Minister Suresh Mehta, Father Cedric Prakash, of Centre for
Human Rights, Justice and Peace, former VC of Bhavnagar
University Vidhyut Joshi, General Secretary of People`s Union
for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Gautam Thaker, and Dwarikanath of
Movement for Secular Democracy and others.