Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi can be tried for 2002 violence: Amicus curiae

In a shock to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Supreme Court directed its Amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran’s report on the post-Godhra 2002 riots.

It held that Narendra Modi can be offence for urging enmity among different groups, strongly allow Hindus to express their anger after Godhra incident in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

On Monday while Amicus curiae’s report made public on complaint by riot victim Zakia Jafri, Ramachandran said, Modi can be prosecuted for offences under sections of the IPC “promoting enmity between different groups of religion” and making assertions “prejudicial to national integration”.

Ramachandran’s report had filed in November last year and claimed were made on basis of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s statement that he was at the February 27, 2002 meeting of top officials after Gujarat riots where Modi said to let “Hindus vent their anger”.

“It would not be correct to disbelieve the version of Shri Bhatt, at this prima facie stage,” he said.

Former ministers I K Jadeja and Ashok Bhatt have been accused by this report, basis of Bhatt’s statement that they both were present themselves in police control rooms on February 28, 2002, breaking the police action.

In report’s opinion, offences can also be made against Modi under other sections of the IPC regarding disobeying the law, intension of injuring to any person and for “promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will”.

Shocking fact is that BJP that in way to call Modi candidature as a future prime ministerial, favoring Modi and has strongly rejected Ramachandran’s report.

While Congress asked no need for further probing as Ramachandran’s report has cleared all doubts against Modi in the riots. One official source said, “The whole nation knows who was responsible for the riots. No more inquiry is needed.”

Ramachandran’s public report is completely different from the SC-appointed special investigation team’s last month closure report, directing clean chit to Modi cause of lack of evidence.

However, in form of evidence, Jafri who had alleged Modi in connection with Post Gujarat-2002 riots, have 68 files of 22,000 pages, besides CDs, containing voice record collected by DIG Rahul Sharm


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