Questioning the credibility of key eyewitnesses in Gulberg Society massacre case of 2002 post Godhra riots, the defence lawyer on Thursday argued that these witnesses can’t be trusted whose statements have been “concocted, improvised and contradictory”. The defence claimed that these so-called witnesses have testified like “robots for some ulterior motive”.
Appearing for the accused, Rajkot-based senior lawyer Abhay Bharadwaj argued before special designated court judge P B Desai that one of the witnesses Roopa Moody, “an innocent woman was manipulated” to give certain statement.
Similarly, he said, the three other witnesses- Imtiaz Saeed Khan Pathan, Saeed Khan Pathan and Aslam A Pathan-gave statements which were tutored.
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Bharadwaj argued that the entire statement of the witnesses who have identified the accused only exposes their contradictions. Citing examples, he told the court Moody revealed name of one Raju Mochi who threw stone at her when she was entering the house of Ehsan Jafri who was among the 69 people burnt alive at Gulberg Society. However, there is no record suggesting the existence of Mochi.