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'Rejecting witness plea to probe destruction of records unfortunate'

Thursday, October 21, 2010 03:19:52 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has termed as unfortunate the rejection, by the Gujarat Sessions and Gujarat High Court, of the eyewitness’ pleas to examine those witnesses who could throw a light on the destruction of police control room records of 2002 as also the station diary entries of the critical period relating to the carnage of 2002.

According to Teesta Setalvad, eye witnesses and victim survivors had, through an application for further investigation under Section 173 (8) of the CrPC on 17.9.2009 first recovered evidence from the State to admit that records of the PCR and other documentary evidence were destroyed while the Supreme Court was seized of the matter in 2007. This documentary evidence had not been part of the charge sheet submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Apex Court before the witnesses approached the Trial Court.

"Applications to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe this destruction of records, revealed after the agency was compelled to submit details before the Court, went unheeded", Teesta said in a press statement.


"Formal Pleas to the Trial Court and thereafter to the High Court in September 2010 and October 2010 to examine lower down police officials, as to the motives and instructions behind destruction of valuable documentary evidence, have been rejected", she said.


"These pleas by eyewitnesses and victim survivors also argued for the examination of those two persons who had spoken to Shri Ahsan Jafri, former Member of Parliament before he was butchered by a pre-organised and bloody mob", she added.

The matter will now be appealed before the Apex Court.


"Transparency and accountability in the investigation process requires that every aspect of the available evidence, including the allegations of deliberate destruction of evidence should be probed dispassionately instead of being swept under the carpet", she said.





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