New Delhi: National Commission for
Minorities Chairman Wajahat Habibullah on Tuesday hoped that the
victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots will get justice in courts
even as he felt the role of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and
his senior officials should be probed.
The apex court, in its judgement yesterday, refused to
pass any judgement on Zakia Jafri`s plea seeking to make Modi
an accused in the riots cases, and referring the case back to
the lower court.
Asked if the role of Modi and senior officials of his
government should be probed in the cases, he said, "Of course,
all this has to be probed. This matter is under consideration
of the court and in such a case any decision is to be taken by
While refusing to comment on the judgement of the court,
Habibullah did say he hoped that justice will be done.
"We want the victims of Gujarat riots to get justice.
People are working for it on several levels. We hope all the
victims do get justice from the courts," he said.
He said no case associated with the Gujarat riots had
been brought to the NCM.
"In any case, the cases are with the courts and in such a
situation we cannot interfere," he said.
The NCM chairman also expressed concern on the low
representation of minority community in government jobs,
calling it a "matter of worry", and said government selection
committees, including that of the UPSC, must have at least one
representative of the minority community on them.
Meanwhile, the scheduled visit of the NCM team to
riot-hit Kandhamal has been put off due to inclement weather.
"But we will soon visit Kandhamal; another date will soon
be decided," he said.