Saturday, September 17, 2011

SC won't Share Gulberg Report with Gujarat, SIT

Express news service

New Delhi: Refusing to give copies of an independent report on the Gulberg society massacre to both the Gujarat government and its own SIT, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the document, prepared by amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran, was "elaborate" and covered "all aspects", including the conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other high state functionaries.

A special Bench of Justices D K Jain, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam declined SIT chief R K Raghavan's request to share the report with his team. "We have not seen the report ourselves," Raghavan protested in open court, only to have the Bench dismiss his plea with an assurance that he would be supplied with a copy at the "appropriate time".

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Gujarat government, strongly protested against the court's intention to keep the report confidential, saying its findings concerned high-level persons and state officials against whom there were allegations, and the state would definitely want to know their status.

To this too, the court merely said the state "will get everything at the appropriate time". The Bench categorically told the state and the SIT that, as of now, they had to be content with copies of detailed orders, which would include guidelines on the investigation the court intended to pass on a scheduled date.

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