Supreme Court stays CBI
investigations into Hari Masjid firing case:
The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) investigating into the Hari
Masjid Firing case stopped the probe Tuesday after they learnt from
the Special Task Force that the Supreme Court has ordered a stay. ....
CBI still to record residents’ statements in Hari Masjid
The storm brewed out of the Maharashtra government's decision to
obtain a stay from the Supreme Court (SC) on the ongoing CBI enquiry
into the Hari Masjid firing case is far from over. After the
criticism the decision received from the opposition parties and
lawyers, Wednesday it was Association for Protection
of Civil Rights (APCR) which came down heavily on the state govt.
for its controversial decision.
Questioning the government’s stand that the departmental enquiry did
not find any evidence against the accused, Advocate Yusuf Machala
asked, “How can one believe an enquiry based solely on the
statements of police personnel and having not a single account of
the affected people?”
Advocate Machhala was addressing the press conference called by
Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) on Wednesday at
the Azad Maidan Press Club.
“The decision just shows that the Maharashtra government’s stand on
Hari Masjid case is similar to that of Gujarat government’s on
Ishrta Jahan’s fake encounter”, said Advocate Yusuf Machala.
The Srikrishna Commission had indicted then sub-inspector Nikhil
Kapse for his unprovoked firing during the incident in 1992-93,
which left six dead. In February this year, the CBI charged Kapse
with murder, but has not yet arrested him.
Retired Justice Kolse Patil also criticized the state government’s
move to obtain the stay on the investigations and blamed it of
indulging in ‘double standard’. “The secrecy and the haste
government has shown in the whole episode create doubts in the
minds”, Kolse Patil said before adding, “The state government should
come clean on its intention.”
Advocate Shakeel Ahmed, one of those who have been tracking the state
government’s promise to implement the recommendations of the
Srikrishna Commission report into the firing, while expressing
surprise over the state government’s decision said, “We had demanded
for the CBI investigations because the police department was not
willing to take action against its own errant personnel. Later,
following the directives from the High Court, state government too
agreed for CBI investigations. Now, all of a sudden it moves to the
Supreme Court and obtains a stay?”
Taking the tirade against the state government even further,
Farooque Mapkar – who was injured in the firing and the man who is
fighting the case since last 16 years – said, “The government claims
taking actions on the recommendations of Srikrishna Commission. At
the same time it gives clean chit to the accused and shies away from
Stating that after every riot, cases are filed against the Muslims
and actions are never taken against other people Farooque Mapkar
said, “It has now become certain that the Congress government is
only fooling the Muslims in India.”
Mapkar also expressed surprise why Minister of state for Home Arif
Nasim Khan remained a mute spectator when the government moved to
the Supreme Court.
Arif Naseem Khan before becoming minister had appealed in the
Supreme Court few years back to press the state govt. to implement
the recommendations of Srikrishna Commission, formed to probe the
1992-93 Mumbai riots. The implementation of Sri Krishna Commission
Report was also part of the Congress election manifesto.
Meanwhile, a group of activists and lawyers plan to challenge the
stay on the CBI probe into the 1993 Hari Masjid firing case.
“We have to study the state’s petition and prepare the grounds for
our challenge", said
Advocate Shakil Ahmed.