Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat has said that the Central Government had promised to appeal to the Supreme Court next month to take up hearing of 124 detenus held under Prevention of Terrorist Activities (POTA) Act for riots in Gujarat a few years ago.

She told a public meeting in the old city here on Friday evening that the promise was given by Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj, when a delegation of the relatives of the detenus under the leadership of CPI (M) called on him recently. It was represented to him that they were languishing in jails without trial for one year.

Although the Central review committee of POTA cases had ordered their release, they continued to be held on orders of Gujarat High Court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court was appealed in the matter, she added.

Ms. Karat referred to the harassment of the people booked for Gujarat riots while discussing how CPI (M) struggled for the protection of Constitution in the face of onslaught by Hindu fundamentalist forces.