Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gulbarg witness opposes SIT plea

Ahmedabad: A witness from Gulbarg Society, Saira Sindhi, filed an affidavit in Gujarat high court opposing SIT’s petition against the special court’s order to place the entire report which gives chief minister Narendra Modi and others a clean chit in the 2002 riots case. 
    In her affidavit, Sindhi accused the SIT of shielding top cops M K Tandon and P B Gondia. She claimed that if evidence is placed before the trial court hearing the Gulbarg Society massacre case, it could help the demand made by victim-witnesses, that these cops be arraigned as accused in the case. 
    She contended that the amicus curiae’s report recommended that these cops be tried for criminal negligence. Moreover, SIT member A K Malhotra too had opined in 2010 that a probe should be conducted against these two cops. She demanded that the SIT’s plea be dismissed. 
    SIT moved HC after designated judge B J Dhandha asked SIT tos place the entire report of 25,000 pages before the court, according to the probe agency’s earlier assurance. SIT has been claiming that according to the SC’s direction, it is responsible to file this report before the concerned metropolitan court only. It also contended earlier that the outcome of proceedings before the magisterial court could decide further course of action in Gulbarg case also. 
    Further hearing on this issue is scheduled for November 6.