2002 riots: Verdict in Ode case today,judge gets transfer orders

A day before he was expected to pronounce the verdict in a post-Godhra riot case in which three of a family in Malav Bhagol locality of Ode were killed on March 1,2002,R M Sareen,the additional sessions judge of Anand district court,was transferred by the Gujarat High Court on Thursday.

Written by Parimal Dabhi | Ahmedabad | Published:May 4, 2012 4:05 am

A day before he was expected to pronounce the verdict in a post-Godhra riot case in which three of a family in Malav Bhagol locality of Ode were killed on March 1,2002,R M Sareen,the additional sessions judge of Anand district court,was transferred by the Gujarat High Court on Thursday.

Besides Sareen,the principal district judge of Sabarkantha,Gita Gopi,who is conducting trial in the case related to the killing of three British nationals at Prantij during the 2002 riots,has also been transferred.

While Sareen has been shifted to Bhavnagar as additional sessions judge,Gopi has been sent to Ahmedabad City Civil Court as additional sessions judge.

Both have to report on their new jobs by May 18.

Sareen and Gopi were among the judges specially appointed to conduct trials in the nine post-Godhra riot cases which were reinvestigated by the special investigation team (SIT) under supervision of the Supreme Court.

Forty-one persons are undergoing trial in the case related to the Ode killings,most of them from the local influential Patel community. Sareen has conducted trial in the case right from the beginning.

Gopi was about to conclude the trial in the case in which four persons,three of them British citizens,were killed near Prantij on February 28,2002,by a mob. Her court had examined two former British diplomats to India — Ian Reakes and Howard Parkinson — on video as witnesses in the case.

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