Maharashtra assures SC on IPS officer for SIT probe in Gujarat

SC recorded an undertaking from Mahaharashtra govt that it would relieve senior IPS officer K Venkatesan within a week to enable him join the reconstituted SIT headed by former CBI director Raghavan to probe to post-Godhra riots.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 00:45 AM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today recorded
an undertaking from Mahaharashtra government that it would
relieve senior IPS officer K Venkatesan within a week to
enable him join the reconstituted SIT headed by former CBI
director RK Raghavan to probe to post-Godhra riots.

A Bench headed by Justice D K Jain recorded the
undertaking after Maharashtra`s counsel Sanjay Kardia assured
the court that the state had no objection to the officer
joining the SIT and said necessary steps would be taken within
a week to relieve him of his present responsibilities in the
state.

Modi`s statement was recorded by SIT on March 27-28 in
connection with the riots at the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad
in which senior Congress leader Ehsan Jaffri was killed.
Venkatesan is at present working as an IG in the Office
of the DGP Maharashtra.

The apex court had on August 19 issued a show cause
notice to Maharashtra government for not relieving
Venkateshan, who has been identified as one of the two members
to be included in SIT after two Gujarat cadre officers, Geeta
Johri and Shivanand Jha, were moved out of the probe panel by
the apex court.

Former CBI Director and Chairman of SIT, R K Raghavan,
said the other member Y C Modi, a senior Assam cadre IPS
officer, has already joined the panel.

Raghavan told the bench that he had communicated with
the Home Ministry regarding the appointment of Venkateshan,
who is an officer of high integrity and competence, but the
Maharashtra government was not willing to relieve him.

The other member is C P Satpathy, a former DGP of Uttar
Pradesh.

SIT is monitoring 10 cases of 2002 Gujarat riots on the
directions of the apex court. The cases relate to Gulberg
Society, Ode, Sardarpura, Narodao Gaon, Naroda Patya,
Baranpura, Machipith, Tarsali, Pandarwada and Raghavapura.

-PTI

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