Bad news for Modi – haters and pseudoseculars from all side.
New Delhi: In what could be the biggest relief for the Gujarat chief Minister Narnedra Modi, sources have told CNN-IBN that the Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) is likely to give a clean chit to the beleaguered chief minister in the post-Godhra riot cases.
Sources confirm that the SIT has found no direct evidence of Modi’s role in willingly allowing post-Godhra riots. SIT had submitted its status report to the Supreme Court last week.
Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, had alleged that Modi had deliberately allowed the rioters to go on a rampage in 2002.
Ehsaan Jafri was killed by the rioters in Gulbarg society after which the Supreme Court had asked the SIT to investigate Zakia’s complaint in April last year.
Modi was then summoned by SIT and grilled for about nine hours in March 2010.
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat called the leak of SIT report a shocking incident.
“It is very shocking that from Supreme Court and SIT there is a leakage of this kind. The report was given in a sealed cover by the SIT to the Supreme Court. I believe this is an effort to create an opinion that Narendra Modi is innocent, as far as victims are concerned they certainly see his role. The issue is that how was the report leaked,” said Brinda outside Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday.
December 04, 2010 5:32:20 AM
Abraham Thomas | New Delhi
SC takes serious exception to her writing to UN body on Godhra trial
Refuses to entertain her plea challenging trial court order on Rais
Social activist Teesta Setalvad faced the ire of the Supreme Court on Thursday for taking her grievances in the ongoing Godhra riot cases before an international human rights agency at a time when the apex court was monitoring the progress of the investigations.
The court was referring to two letters sent by Setalvad’s NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights based in Geneva as recently as October 5 and October 7 this year.
In another setback to Teesta, the apex court refused to entertain an application where the activist challenged a recent trial court order which directed recording of statement of her former aide Rais Khan. Khan had made sensational allegations against Teesta-tutored witnesses and filed false affidavits in riot cases to mislead the Supreme Court.
Claiming that Khan’s “personal enmity” had led him to turn against her, Setalvad in her application demanded stay of proceedings before the Special Judge hearing the Gulbarga Society trial. On November 3, the Special Judge allowed Khan’s statement to be recorded by the special investigation team (SIT), entrusted with the probe.
The apex court Bench of Justices DK Jain, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam felt that the remedy to challenge the Ahmedabad court’s order was before the Gujarat High Court. “This application is in an ongoing trial. If you are aggrieved, move the appellate authority under the Code of Criminal Procedure. How can we become the appellate authority?” the Bench said.
On the letters addressed by Teesta to the international body, senior advocate and amicus curiae Harish Salve informed the Bench that the SIT was “disturbed” over the constant airing of grievances by Setalvad to the international body. The letters addressed to SIT chairman RK Raghavan had complained about the poor witness protection in the Godhra cases and even contained information of how her former aide Rais Khan was bought over by the other side.
Agreeing with Salve, the Bench remarked, “What business has the international body to know what is happening in our courts…it is very serious as it’s a reflection on us.”
Teesta’s advocate Kamini Jaiswal justified the action which further provoked the Bench. “If you are justifying this, then we have to consider it in a different perspective,” the Bench said.
When Jaiswal said there was nothing wrong in forwarding the letter as CJP was part of an international body, the Bench retorted, “You may be associated with hundreds of organisations…We cannot involve outside agencies to oversee what we are doing.”
When Jaiswal took the plea that the letter apprised the Geneva-based body about need of witness protection, the Bench replied, “Will Switzerland provide you witness protection and not the Supreme Court?”
The Bench posted the matter for December 15 giving time to Teesta to seek instructions after her lawyer feigned ignorance about the contents of the letters.
What annoyed court
Setalvad’s CJP sent letters to UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva
SIT was ‘disturbed’ over constant airing of grievances by Setalvad to international body
Letters complained about poor witness protection in Godhra cases
Also contained information of how Rais Khan was allegedly bought over
On Rais Khan, SC told her to move appellate authority under CrPC