The Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the Gujarat government to provide
various official documents to a special probe panel to facilitate
its ongoing probe into cases of mass-murder during the statewide
communal riots following the Godhra train carnage Feb 27, 2002.
bench of Justice D.K. Jain, Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Aftab
Alam, however, gave the state government five months to hand over
the requisite documents to the probe panel headed by former Central
Bureau of Investigation Director A.K. Raghvan.
The bench gave the direction to the state government on a
communication by the probe panel, which said it had not got a prompt
reply from the state government on the supply of the documents.
Quoting from the communication, the bench asked the Gujarat
government counsel why the government had supplied only one document
despite requisition of 14 documents and that too after three
this, state government counsel Hemantika Wahi pleaded that the state
government was not averse to supplying the documents but it needed
time to provide the same. She asked for five months to supply the
The documents that the probe panel headed by Raghvan needed included
various state intelligence inputs to the Union home ministry,
besides the transcripts of several speeches of Chief Minister
Narendra Modi delivered both before the Godhra train carnage and