Plea for CBI probe against Vasundhara Raje rejected

Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition filed by the president of the Rashtriya Gujjar Chetna Manch for a direction to the Union Government to order a CBI enquiry into the role of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and other Ministers in the communal disturbances that rocked Rajasthan and neighbouring States between May 29 and June 4.

A Bench of the Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran told petitioner Devendra Singh Patel that he could approach the committees constituted by the apex court and dismissed the petition. (In its suo motu action, the apex court had described the Gujjars’ agitation as a ‘national shame’ and constituted two committees to make recommendations in four months to ensure that properties damaged during communal disturbances were compensated by those indulging in violence.)

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