Wednesday, April 25, 2012

BJP MLA may face criminal charges in 2002 murder case

BJP MLA may face criminal charges in 2002 murder case

Express news service : Ahmedabad, Sat Apr 14 2012, 05:46 hrs
In a development that is likely to pave the way for criminal
prosecution of BJP MLA from Radhanpur Shankar Chaudhary and some
others in connection with two murders reported in 2002, one of the
accused has withdrawn his petition challenging an order of a
magisterial court to initiate criminal process against them.
According to the details available, two youths were killed by a mob at
Radhanpur in Banaskantha district on March 1, 2002 during the
post-Godhra riots. However, police had registered a case of rioting
and stated the two persons were killed in police firing.
Against this, one Nanubhai Sheth had lodged a court complaint against
12-13 persons, including Chaudhary, holding them responsible for the
murders. Court had ordered an inquiry into the case and subsequently
ordered criminal process against the accused.
However, police had submitted a summary report in the case saying they
have added murder charge in the earlier FIR in which it was stated
that the two persons were killed in police firing. But the concerned
magisterial court did not accept the summary report and ordered to
initiate criminal proceedings further.
Against this order, an accused — Vinod Goklani — had approached the
Gujarat High Court and the court had quashed the order of the
magisterial court. This order was challenged at the Supreme Court and
the apex court had remanded matter back to the HC to decide it afresh
after giving hearing to the complainant.
The matter was heard by the HC on Friday. During the hearing,
Goklani’s lawyer chose to withdraw the petition.