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Updated: February 14, 2012 00:41 IST

Order reserved on pleas seeking copy of SIT report

Manas Dasgupta
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A local court on Monday reserved order till Feb. 15 on applications filed by activists including Teesta Setalvad (in picture), seeking copy of the SIT report on Zakia Jaffery’s complaint against Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and others on 2002 post-Godhra riots. File photo: V. Sudershan
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A local court on Monday reserved order till Feb. 15 on applications filed by activists including Teesta Setalvad (in picture), seeking copy of the SIT report on Zakia Jaffery’s complaint against Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and others on 2002 post-Godhra riots. File photo: V. Sudershan

Metropolitan Magistrate M.S. Bhatt on Monday reserved order till February 15 on handing over copies of the report of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which probed complaints against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in the 2002 riots, to the parties in the case.

The SIT opposed sharing the report with anyone else other than the original complainant, Zakia Jafri.

General secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) Teesta Setalvad; Jan Sangharsh Manch, a voluntary organisation helping the riot victims; and some other organisations had filed applications in the magisterial court demanding copies of the report, submitted by the SIT before the court in a sealed cover last week.

Their advocates said the SIT had violated the Supreme Court order by not filing the full report before the magisterial court as directed by the apex court. It submitted only a few pages of abstracts of its report filed in the Supreme Court, they alleged.

“Voluminous report”

The SIT told the court that it would need some more time to submit the voluminous full report running into thousands of pages with annexure and promised to submit the full report by March 8.

Considering that the report would be very sensitive in nature, the SIT also questioned whether the court would have adequate security arrangements to protect the documents.

The SIT opposed the applications of Ms. Setalvad and other activists, saying some of them had no locus standi to be given a copy of the report.

SIT lawyer R.S. Jambuar said the report was not a public document to be shared with all. Once the court signed the report and decided to close the complaint, copies could be given only to the “original complainant” (Ms. Jafri), as per the Supreme Court order.

He said the documents were crucial and must be kept under tight security. The SIT, in its report, had also dealt with the report submitted by Supreme Court's amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran, who was asked by the apex court earlier to independently assess the SIT report.

Contesting the SIT's claim, CJP advocate I.M. Munshi said the question of locus standi did not arise at this stage and since the report was submitted in the court, it had become a public document and should be shared with all parties in the case.

“SIT has no say in this”

Manch advocate Shamshad Pathan contended that the SIT could not have any say in the matter and only the magisterial court could decide whether copies should be given to the parties.

the matter is already in public domine that is in court where there is always argument and counter when the SIT dont want to show the document it is explicit to every one it want to hide something to save somebody.In India it is always eyewash what ever enquiry is done by anybody even the CBI.God save INDIA.

from:  siraj
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 06:53 IST

Most of what Bharat said is either inconsistent or completely false. NDA has had a history of communal politics. One need not be an Einstein to see the obvious connections between BJP and Sangh Parivar. Their nexus with Bajrang Dal is a salient feature of their functionary dynamics. The entire world has dismissed Modi as a leader. He has been denied VISAs to enter many countries. Leadership and political will cannot be reduced to GDP. Gujrat is used as an experimental laboratory for communal hatred by Sangh Parivar. It's the responsibility of a chief-minister to protect it's people and provide immediate attention and relief to victims. Modi not only failed to control the riots but in many cases conspired in it. And this suggestion that 'if-you-are-against-BJP-you-are-with-Congress' is quiet frankly an insulting one. Two wrongs do make a right. Simply because we couldnt do enough for our Sikh brothers and sisters in 1984, doesnt mean we silently endorse the murder of our fellow Muslims.

from:  Kruttik Aggarwal
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 22:39 IST

It is not the rulers or the political heads that determine the country's
fate but the people themselves. We get the leaders we deserve. They come
from within us as a response to our problems. And they represent our
ethics, our morals, our attitudes and our general character. Leaders are
mirrors of the society they lead. Our leaders are pointers only to us.
Our country is corrupt and lawless - our leaders only reflect it.

from:  Sonja
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 21:49 IST

Bharat's contention that NDA did not practice communalism is at the
best amusing. Modi was part of BJP and hence was part of NDA. Why were the dead bodies of the victims of the terrible Godhra incident put on display (a most insensitive thing to do by any government worth its role in governance), unless it was for inciting communal passions? the governments duty was to douse communal passions and to catch the culprits of Godhra, and not, instead, to incite violent communal violence which is what was done in Gujarat. And isn't it also a fact that Mr. Jaffri and his family were killed by communally incited mobs? Only a intentionally blind person could not see this.

from:  Dev
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 21:26 IST

The Report should go public, though after related procedures and
actions. All the works or investigations done by the support of Public
Fund and for the interest of Public. A Chief Minister is involved in a
riot which killed hundreds of innocent citizens. So the matter is public
interested one. Let it publish in the Newspapers and other Media. No
Court has the right to hide such things from the Public.

from:  Prathiba the Great
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 19:09 IST

There is no hope to find justice. In country like India were congress ruled for most of the time, The system is every one is powerful but no one is accountable. Have a look at the seikh riots let it be any government you just cant get justice. People who have vent their anger during the riots have got or lot what ever they could. Rest dont forget dont forgive but fight to change the system. The rice and political class can only show dreams and sell them stop buying their dreams and all will fall in place.

from:  dibya
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 19:08 IST

I'm not a fan of BJP, particularly due to their Communal Inclinations
but UPA is no different (these parties at the extreme ends of communal
politics). However, it is a common knowledge that NDA did not practice
communalism. Mr. Modi, has then and again proved his mettle as a
leader and administrator. When the entire world stands in awe and
applauds him for his achievements, his detractors are groping for
causes to assail his political career. They started with maligning and
demonizing him and this has become ad nauseam now. It is better that
they stop now. I wish the Social-Activists first try to bring some
justice to the Bhopal victims, whose perpetrator was left scott-free
by the then Congress leader. Address the origin of Babar Masjid issue,
which was again started by the then Congress Party...
So, in short I wish more leaders like Mr.Modi and beg these people to
stop demonizing him...for political gains.

from:  Bharat
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 18:05 IST
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