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Gujarat riots: Apex court gives free hand to probe team

Posted by on March 15, 2011 0 Comment

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday said it was open to the Special Investigating Team (SIT) to hold further investigation against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in the 2002 Gulberg society massacre.

The court said this in the wake of the observation by court appointed lawyer Raju Ramachandran on SIT’s report on the Feb 28, 2002 massacre in which 69 people were killed.

The apex court bench of Justice D.K. Jain, Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Aftab Alam said: “It will be open to the SIT to consider further investigation, if considered necessary, in the light of the observation made by the amicus curiae and file a final report within six weeks.”

“You go through the report. If you think further investigation is necessary. You conduct the probe. Do further investigation,” the court told SIT chairman and former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director R.K. Raghavan.

“If some more evidence is required to be recorded you may do it. We can’t brush aside the observation of the amicus curiae,” Justice Jain told the SIT chairman.

The SIT was set up by the apex court to investigate post-Godhra Gujarat riots cases.

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