A special trial court, hearing Gulberg Society massacre case of 2002 post Godhra riots, on Monday rejected an application seeking arraignment of four policemen, including a former director general of police (DGP), as accused in the case.
Principal Judge P B Desai pronounced the order on Monday while rejecting the application which was moved by victims’ family members and survivors of the Gulberg Society massacre — a posh Muslim locality in Meghaninagar. The society was gutted down by a mob killing 69 people, including a former Congress Parliamentarian Ahsan Jafri whose widow Zakia Jafri filed a court complaint against the then chief minister Narendra Modi and others who were given clean chit.
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In the application, they sought arraignment of four police officers — former DGP P C Pande, then Ahmedabad commissioner of police P B Gondia, then deputy commissioner of police, Zone-IV, S S Chudasama, then ACP (Detection of Crime Branch) and former joint commissioner of police M K Tandon (retired) — as accused. The victims accused these police officers of dereliction of duty.
The Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) that probed the case opposed the application saying there was no material evidence against the policemen. Special public prosecutor R C Kodekar said that the application has been rejected but he is yet to read the order. Earlier, Kodekar had argued citing SIT’s report that gave clean chit to the four policemen.
“We may approach the High Court,” said lawyer S M Vohra who represents victims. Vohra argued that due to negligence of these four policemen the riot had taken place. The trial of this case — monitored by the apex court — is in the final stage and the SIT has already completed its final argument seeking conviction against all the 61 accused.