SIT may move SC for lifting stay on judgement in Godhra cases

With the trial in 2002 Godhra train burning coming to an end, the SIT was planning to approach the SC which had in May last restrained trail courts from pronouncing judgement in the cases probed afresh by the agency.

Ahmedabad: With the trial in 2002 Godhra
train burning coming to an end, the Special Investigation Team
was planning to approach the Supreme Court which had in May
last restrained trail courts from pronouncing judgement in the
cases probed afresh by the agency.

The agency members are contemplating filing a petition in
the apex court seeking lifting of the stay on pronouncement of
verdict in the nine cases - the train carnage and eight
post-Godhra riot cases - probed by the Supreme Court-appointed
team, according to SIT officials.

"The trial in the case (Godhra carnage) has just
completed," SIT chief R K Raghavan, who is likely to file
quarterly progress report on the cases in the Supreme Court
soon, said Wednesday.

Asked if SIT was planning to approach the SC to vacate
the stay, the former CBI director declined to comment.

K G Menon, SIT counsel, when contacted, said, "I am not
authorised to comment on the issue."

However, officials in the SIT said opinion from legal
advisors had been sought on the issue.

In May this year, while dealing with a bunch of petitions
of NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace and some rights
activists, demanding a stay on trial in the riot cases for
alleged lapses, the SC asked the courts to proceed with trial
but restrained them from delivering judgement.

PTI