SIT is prejudiced against me: Togadia

The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases was prejudiced against him, VHP leader Praveen Togadia alleged today.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 00:22 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigating Team
(SIT) probing the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases was prejudiced
against him, VHP leader Praveen Togadia alleged today.

Togadia, through his lawyer, claimed that while he was
being questioned by SIT yesterday, at the same time some
television news channels were airing details of the queries
being posed to him.

"This makes it clear that even after the SIT inquiry was
over, false and baseless conclusions and questions mentioned
in the media reports were made public by the SIT," Togadia`s
lawyer Shaileshkumar Pandya said adding that this showed that
the investigating agency was "biased" against him.

Togadia in a letter through Pandya to SIT member A K
Malhotra demanded certified copies of the proceedings during
his deposition before the team.

"You are requested to give the certified copies of the
said questions and answers and all the proceedings that took
place in your SIT office on May 10, 2010," the letter said.

The lawyer further said that by refusing to give all the
required documents related to the SIT inquiry to his client,
the agency showed it was part of a "larger conspiracy" to
"defame and malign" Togadia and the Hindu organisation he
works for.

Pandya in the letter alleged that SIT was from the very
beginning "prejudiced" against his client which was evident
from the actions of the agency which did not provide Togadia
the copy of the complaint of Zakia Jaffery, based on which the
VHP leader was called for questioning.

PTI

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