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SIT to probe role of former minister, police officials Gujarat riots

Friday, August 20, 2010 04:52:03 AM, PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2002 Gujarat riots to carry out further investigation into the cases, including the killing of Congress ex-MP Ehsan Jafri in which Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been questioned for his alleged role.

The order was passed by a special Bench headed by Justice D. K. Jain after SIT’s chief and former CBI Director R. K. Raghavan made a plea that some more persons were required to be interrogated.

The Bench noted that the SIT wanted to probe the alleged involvement of former Gujarat minister G. Zadafia and M. K. Tandon, a senior police officer and two other policemen.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for a local MLA who has been named as an accused in the complaint filed by Jafri’s widow, submitted that he should be heard for his plea seeking recall of the April 27, 2009 order asking the SIT to look into Zakia Jafri’s allegations.

The court said it would look into it later as the SIT was proceeding for probe against some people.

The senior advocate submitted that the filing of the reports in the sealed cover was like an anathema to the judicial process and asked the court to bring them in the public domain.

Meanwhile, former CBI DIG A. K. Malhotra, who was appointed by the apex court to verify allegations of lapses in investigations being conducted by the SIT into 2002 Gujarat communal riots, including the Gulbarg society case in which Jafri was killed, submitted its report in the sealed cover.











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