Monday, October 15, 2012

Further probe ordered against the BJP MLA in 2002 riots

BJP MLA from Radhanpur Shankar Chaudhary is in real trouble
now. A local court has issued warrant after ordering further
investigation against him and 11 others in connection with the murder
of two Muslims during the 2002 riots.
    Judicial magistrate first class H R Verma on Friday rejected a
closure report filed by the local crime branch and asked the cops to
probe the riots case further. This C summary was filed on second
occasion by police. Recently, litigation in this regard reached the
Supreme Court (SC) and the court in April cleared the way for probe
against Chaudhary in this case, said lawyer of witness Yakub Chauhan.
    In 2002, the cops lodged a case of rioting against 12 Hindus and
35 Muslims, but upon a private complaint filed by an eye witness
Nanabhai Shaikh, an FIR was lodged against Chaudhary and others for
the murder. Shaikh claimed that Chaudhary had fired from his private
weapon injuring two persons. When they were being brought to the
hospital, a mob intercepted and killed both of them. In post-mortem, a
bullet was found from the body of one of them.
    The local police reluctantly took up the probe, but filed a
closure report. However, a lower court in Radhanpur rejected the
closure report in 2005 and ordered the police to conduct further
probe. The accused persons moved HC challenging the lower court’s
order and justifying the closure report. HC allowed the petition that
gave huge relief to Chaudhary. But the complainant approached SC
claiming that HC had never heard him before allowing the petition
filed by the accused.