‘Reconstitution of SIT at this stage is not good’

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a writ petition questioning the clean chit given to Narendra Modi by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by former CBI Director R.K. Raghavan and pleading for a fresh probe into his role in the 2002 riots.

A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and S. A. Bobde refused petitioner A. Fatima’s request for reconstituting the SIT with three retired judges of the apex court, including one from the minority community.

The petitioner submitted that undue media hype was given by the BJP to Mr. Modi that he had been given a clean chit by the SIT, causing confusion in the minds of the people.

After Justice Dattu made it clear that reconstitution of the SIT at this stage was not good, Ms. Fatima withdrew the petition, which was dismissed as withdrawn with the liberty to approach an appropriate forum.

Meanwhile, Gujarat IPS officer Pradeep Sharma, in his rejoinder to the Gujarat government’s response in the snooping case, contended that the transcripts “reveal the illegal surveillance and unusual high personal interest shown by Mr. Amit Shah into the personal life of the lady architect at the behest of ‘Saheb’ [Chief Minister Narendra Modi].”

He said “these transcripts only prove that there was justifiable ground for the petitioner to raise the detailed averments as made in the original unamended writ petition.”

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