Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday
sought a reply from superintendent of police, Sangli, in
western Maharashtra, on a PIL which has sought CBI probe into
communal riot that took place in the area in September 2009.
Division bench of Justices J N Patel and S C
Dharmadhikari has also sought information as to the probe of
the riot-related cases.
Clashes broke out in Sangli and Miraj in September
that year, at the time of Ganesh festival, over erection of an
arch depicting the scene of killing of Afzhal Khan by King
Samit Kadam, the petitioner, who is a member of
all-party anti-riot action committee, has contended that riots
were incited by some people in view of the state Assembly
elections which followed in October 2009.
PIL says that 131 criminal cases were registered in
various police stations, but probe has been very slow, so CBI
should take over.
Court has sought reply from Sangli SP in four weeks.
Earlier this month, outgoing SP, Krishna Prakash, had
stated that Mainuddin Bagwan, local NCP leader and then mayor
of Miraj, was responsible for the riots.