Monday, December 12, 2011

HC to hear plea for summons to CM on Dec 16

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has kept the hearing of a petition demanding summons to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and four others by the Nanavati-Mehta Commission for December 16. The petition has been moved by Amrish Patel from Jan Sangharsh Manch, an organisation which is fighting the legal battle on behalf of the riots victims.

According to the petitioner’s lawyer Mukul Sinha, originally they had demanded a direction to summon Modi. But subsequently, the petition was amended and a direction was sought to the Commission to summon Modi, the then Minister of State (Home) Gordhan Zadafia and the then three CMO staff members — Omprakash Singh, Tanmay Mehta and Sanjay Bhavsar.

Earlier, the petitioner had moved an application in this regard before the inquiry Commission, which was turned down. Later, the petitioner moved the HC where a single-judge bench had upheld the Commission’s order. Following this, the order was challenged before a division bench of the then Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi.

The bench had heard the petition and kept the order reserved. However, following elevation of Justice Mukhopadhaya to the Supreme Court, the petition is being heard afresh by the DB comprising Justices Akil Kureshi and Sonia Gokani.


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