Sunday, January 8, 2012

CJP hails order to prosecute Rais Khan

DNA Correspondent Ahmedabad
Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an NGO fighting for justice to the victims of the communal riots of 2002, has welcomed the decision of Sessions court, Mehsana, directing the district and sessions court, Mehsana, to register a case against Rais Khan Pathan. The Mehsana Sessions court has directed the district and sessions court to register the complaint again Rais Khan in writing under Sections 177 and 182 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and begin his prosecution. 
Section 177 is applicable for furnishing of false information and Section 182 on cases involving furnishing of false information with the intent to cause a public servant to use his lawful powers to cause damage to another person. The order of November 9, 2011, which was pronounced verbally when 31 people were convicted in a riots case, was made available on Saturday. 
CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad said that on December 20, 2010, Justice Srivastava had issued a notice to Pathan, a former employee of CJP, after he, in the guise of bringing truth to light, was actually committing perjury. Pathan was trying to furnish false information to the court and mislead the process of justice with the intention of obstructing trial, Setalvad alleged. 
Since September 2010, Khan had been forum-hopping making vile and unsubstantiated allegations before the SIT, four different sessions courts hearing riots cases and even before the Nanavati-Shah commission.


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