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Naroda Patiya riot case unparallelled in modern society: HC

Last Updated: Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 15:58

Ahmedabad: Terming the killing of 95 people
in Naroda Patiya area of the city during 2002 riots as
"unparallelled in modern society", the Gujarat High Court has
said such incidents "undermine the very foundation of law".

The observation was made recently by Justice Abhilasha
Kumari while rejecting the bail application of Subhashchandra
Darji, an accused in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case who was
arrested by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation
Team (SIT) in November last year.

"The present case is not comparable with any ordinary
case. The background of the case and its effect on the public
cannot be overlooked," the court said.

"In fact, it is a case of wanton, mass carnage, almost
unparallelled, in modern society. Such offences invariably
have a negative impact upon the larger interest of the public
and the State and undermine the very foundation upon which the
edifice of rule of law is built," it noted.

Darji was employed with the Gujarat State Road Transport
Corporation (GSRTC) in 2002 and was working in its workshop at
Naroda Patiya.

He is accused of throwing burning rags on residents of
Hussain Nagar Chawl. Out of the 95 killed in the Naroda Patiya
area, 58 were from the Chawl.

Darji`s advocate, during the course of hearing, had
submitted that his client was in custody since November 2008
and his wife was facing hardship as his pension was withheld
by the government.

Darji was not named in the FIR filed in the case in 2002,
but was arrested following investigation by the SIT.

Two witnesses whose statement was recored by SIT had
named Darji.

The court while rejecting his bail application said,
"witnesses have clearly implicated the applicant and the
existence of a prima-facie case is clearly indicated from the
material on record against the applicant (Darji)."

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 15:58
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