The Supreme Court on Monday would pass its order on the probe into the killing of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri in Ahmedabad during 2002 riots in which the role of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has come under the scanner.
A special bench comprising justices D.K. Jain, P. Sathasivam and Aftab Alam will pass the direction on the basis of a confidential report submitted by amicus curaie on the investigation carried out by SIT which had reportedly given clean a chit to Mr. Modi.
The report, which was filed in a sealed envelope, analyses the investigation and evidence recorded by the SIT.
The report was prepared and submitted by senior advocate Raju Ramachandran who is assisting the bench as an amicus curaie in nine riot cases on the direction of the apex court which had on May 5 sought an “independent overview” of the evidence recorded by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The apex court had asked Mr. Ramachandran to analyse the report, take comments and statements of the witnesses and, if needed, interact with them to give an “objective” assessment of the evidence.
The senior advocate prepared the report after visiting Ahmedabad and talking to many people including witnesses and police officers.
The bench had, on the last date of hearing on July 28, said it would pass the order on the basis of the report.
“It is an elaborate report. The amicus curaie has tried to cover all aspects. We have read it. We will pass certain directions,” the bench had said.
“We will pass order and indicate the future course of action,” it had said.
The bench had also turned down the plea of the state government seeking a copy of the report and said it would be given only at the appropriate stage.