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Congress seeks CBI probe into allegations of Gujarat police official against Modi

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the allegations made by a top Gujarat police official against the role of the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, in connection with the 2002 riots.

The party said a criminal investigation must be launched against Mr. Modi and all others found guilty of connivance, pressuring and distorting the state machinery for communal reasons in Gujarat as reflected in the written affidavit of R.B. Sreekumar.

"It must be remembered, firstly, that the allegations are made in a written affidavit, secondly, that they are made by a high state official, thirdly, that they are accompanied by a contemporaneous recording of those events in writing with detailed reference numbers, time and date. If true, these constitute serious criminal offences under various provisions, including incitement of communal hatred, interfering in the discharge of a public servant's duty and so on," the party spokesperson, Abhishek Singhvi, said.

He said not only should these details be looked into by the commissions inquiring into the Gujarat events but an independent investigation should be started into the allegations by the CBI since the principal accused was holding office as Chief Minister. "We call upon the Government of India to entrust this to the CBI for investigation. The faith and trust of the people can be restored only by an impartial investigation agency with power to file criminal charges after such investigation,'' he said.

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