Tuesday, 11 October 2011

End monitoring of riot cases : Gujarat to SC

The Gujarat government today demanded that the Supreme Court should end monitoring of the Gujarat riot cases as the trial in these cases are going on.The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice D K Jain, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice P Sathasivam however refused to give any relief to the state government saying nothing much will happen in few more months.

While arguing for state government Mukul Rohatagi said ''..why should the monitoring go on now? When the chargesheets in these cases have been filed? The Supreme Court should not stop the monitoring...''

Refusing to give relief for now, Justice D K Jain observed ''...monitoring is gone for quite some time, it is not that we have laid down a new law, nothing will happen in few more months...'' The court however assured Gujarat government that they will consider the plea of ending the monitoring.

The court also pulled up the Special Investigating Team headed by former CBI chief RK Raghvan for changing its stand on video recording of the trial court proceedings in Gulberga Society riot case. The SIT Chief had last year in March had written a letter to the apex court asking its permission to videograph the proceedings but today when asked by the apex court it said there was no need for it.

The court went on to say that they will have to see what was the object of SIT behind this application, suppose their is a supplementary chargesheet?The court is monitoring nine riot cases and the state government wants the monitoring to end.

The court at present is monitoring 10 sensitive cases after the National Human Rights Commission and various NGOs termed the investigations into these to be shoddy and unreliable. The 10 cases being monitored are: Gulberg Society, Ode, Sardarpura, Narodao Gaon, Naroda Patya, Baranpura, Machipith, Tarsali, Pandarwada and Raghavapura.

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