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Updated: July 19, 2013 02:14 IST

Evidence against Modi valid: Zakia’s counsel

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Zakia Jafri
Zakia Jafri

Many have stated presence of politicians during Modi's meeting

Zakia Jafri wife of Ahsan Jafri who was killed in the post-Godhra riots in 2002, on Thursday claimed there was evidence that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi asked the police administration, at a meeting on the night of February 27, 2002, to allow Hindu backlash to the Godhra train-burning incident.

According to her counsel Mihir Desai, this was testified by the statement of slain minister Haren Pandya before the Concerned Citizens Tribunal (May 2002), comprising Justice P. Sawant and Justice Hosbet Suresh as well as by his father Vithalbhai Pandya before a Special Investigation Team. The advocate said this was also testified by the statement of Sanjiv Bhatt, then DCP-Intelligence to SIT, and R.B. Sreekumar, then ADGP (SRP).

“This evidence is valid and needs to be tried in court as it amounts to a head of state cohesively orchestrating a conspiracy to paralyse the police and administration from performing their constitutional duties. Amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran, in both his interim report (January 20, 2011) and final report (July 25, 2011), also clearly stated that Mr. Modi should be tried before a court of law,” Mr. Desai told a court.

Mr. Desai claimed that two of the six persons present at the meeting — Svarnakantha Verma, former ACS, deputing for Chief Secretary G. Subba Rao and Anil Mukim, officer-on-special-duty to the Chief Minister — had clearly stated that Cabinet ministers were also present at this meeting.

He said that only those senior administrators and bureaucrats who are co-accused in the criminal complaint of Zakia Jafri — then DGP K. Chakravarthi; then Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police P.C. Pande; then Home Secretary K. Nityanandam; Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ashok Narayan; P.K. Mishra, then Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister — had stated that no politicians were present at the meeting.

Mr. Desai wondered how SIT could hold that the case was unfit to go to trial when a retired Supreme Court judge (P.B. Sawant) and High Court judge (Hosbet Suresh) gave statements about Haren Pandya’s deposition, his father made a statement before SIT and two persons present at the meeting said that Cabinet Ministers were present there.

According to Mr. Desai, both Justices Sawant and Suresh had also stated that other officers like Vinod Mall, Himanshu Bhatt and Samiullah Ansari from Gujarat also deposed before them and spoke about “illegal instructions from the top”. He said SIT failed to record statements of two of the three “and while they recorded Mall’s statement, they conspicuously did not ask him about this critical information.” The advocate was arguing for Zakia Jafri, who has filed a protest petition against the SIT having given a clean chit to Mr. Modi in the 2002 riots.

Hindu is known for its transparent and dispassionate stance while
reporting developments across the spectrum.
Of late, most of its reports look like either pro ruling coalition or
glaringly anti-Modi camp. As an assiduous reader of Hindu, would
appreciate constructive journalism from you, Sir!

from:  R M Bhatt
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 14:43 IST

It is shameful matter for a secular country like India whose one of the
state head involve in such a heinous crime, it is Judicial duty to
punish the enemy of humanity, after all every citizen have their right
to free and peaceful life.

from:  Dr. Asghar Raza
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 11:47 IST

Modi belongs to a party which demolished Babri Mosque, until now the case is still going on without any end in sight, such is the state of our law enforcement, so this case also will continue in the same way even though many have testified against Modi the law enforcement is not willing to punish him, if at all anybody has to be blamed for India's ills its only the judiciary.

from:  Augustus
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 11:15 IST

The BIG question remains as to why the SIT did not record these statements in his report. Baffling!

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 10:02 IST

Probably, this controversy will go on till Modi dies or people give credence to the people's statements, who are not well disposed to Modi in spite of so many courts declaring Modi's involvement not found. These people think they are above all courts. I fail to understand, why the press gives credence to such reports and publish them. Even the Ishrath's mother and council declaring she is a innocent girl killed in cold blood. No answers for her acquaintance with three dreaded Pakisthan and Indian terrorists. She was with them at least for 4 days as per her mother's admission. This is scandalous and our press in search of popularity goes on publishing such worthless news. The press is not interested in price rise, development, fall of rupee and so amny other economic issues concerning the common man.

from:  GV Rameswara Reddy
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 09:46 IST

Surely Zakia jafri will get the Justice from SC.I appreciate the Human right group of Gujraat and to the people of India who are
fighting for the victim of gujraat riots.

from:  Mohammed Burhan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 08:46 IST

Any stick seems to be good enough to beat Narendra Modi with for both
print and electronic media in the country.However the editors,
columnists, correspondents and TV news anchors and those behind them
not being the only voters in the country,any unbiased observer can see
that the BJP with Modi as its leader will romp home to victory in the
next Lok Sabha elections. India deserves a person like Modi to lead it
and as far as one can see the country will get him to do that.

from:  K.vijayakumar
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 08:12 IST

If there is solid evidence then prosecute Mr. Modi, else this is just
innuendos and propaganda to scuttle his chances in 2014 election.
Electorate can see through the ploys, they are not so stupid anymore.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 03:52 IST
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