Naroda Patiya case: Court asks SIT to reply on progress
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:12
Ahmedabad: A special court today asked the SIT to file its reply on the progress made in the Naroda Patiya case while hearing an NGO's plea demanding further probe in the 2002 riot case.

Designated Judge Jyotsna Yagnik also asked Himanshu Shukla, the new investigating officer in the case, to clarify whether investigation with regard to the application of NGO Jan Sangarsh Manch (JSM) was complete or not.

The court has asked the SIT to file the reply by September 14 when the next hearing is scheduled.

JSM, representing some of the riot victims, had filed an application last month seeking further probe in Naroda Patiya case of 2002 along with review of the court's order of March 4, where it had dismissed JSM's plea demanding directions for SIT to further probe the case.

JSM counsel Mukul Sinha submitted that SIT needs to clarify its stand on the role of former Gujarat Home Minister Gordhan Zadafia and two other cops in Naroda Patiya case of post-Godhra riots where 95 persons were killed in 2002.

"Even when the trial in the case is halfway through, the SIT is still investigating. We seek direction for SIT from the court to clarify if the investigation is on in the case or not," Sinha submitted.

"Also they need to clarify if based on the evidence Zadafia and IPS officers M K Tandon and P B Gondia can be included as accused or not," he said.

Sinha further submitted that it was high time that SIT concludes its investigation and say if there are other accused to be included or not.

He also said the SIT was given permission by the Supreme Court to further investigate the roles of Zadafia, Gondia and Tondon with regard to 2002 riots.

On behalf of SIT public prosecutor in the case Akilesh Desai submitted that the investigation in the case was still on.

He submitted that CDs with phone call records and the Tehelka sting operations tapes have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Jaipur and its reports are awaited.

Desai said further investigation in case of Zadafia, Gondia and Tandon was on under the supervision of Himanshu Shukla and new SIT member Y C Modi.


First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:12

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