Will meet April 30 deadline
NEW DELHI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to enquire into the 2002 communal violence has issued summons to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to appear before it for questioning on March 21.
This is for an enquiry in pursuance of a petition submitted by Zakia Jaffrey, widow of Ehsan Jaffrey, former Congress Member of Parliament, who was murdered during the Gulberg Society riots on February 28, 2002.
This is not to be confused with the nine other cases relating to the Gujarat pogrom against Muslims, which are under trial.
The SIT, headed by the former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, R.K. Raghavan — a man known for his courage, integrity, and independence — is looking into complaints against Mr. Modi and is to submit its report to the Supreme Court by April 30.
Zakia Jaffrey had filed a 100-page complaint alleging conspiracy by Mr. Modi and 62 others, including his Cabinet colleagues.
The questioning of Mr. Modi will conclude the enquiry. According to informed sources, a large number of witnesses have been examined and valuable material has been collected in this enquiry.
The Hindu broke the story on its web site, beta.thehindu.com, at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The exclusive was immediately picked up by television channels, news agencies, and other websites without crediting the original source.