The Supreme Court Monday gave six months to a sessions court in Ahmedabad to conclude trial in the ninth case relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur asked the trial judge to finish the trial in Naroda Gam massacre case within six months and submit a report. The bench also indicated that it would disband the SIT constituted on its order to investigate the nine cases of riots after the trial in Naroda Gam case is over.
The trial has made slow progress since it started in 2010. The cross-examination of investigating officer P L Mal took nearly 21 months. Almost a year has passed since the cross-examination of witnesses was completed, but the trial has not moved further.
Eleven persons from the minority community were killed at Naroda Gam during a bandh called in protest of the Godhra train burning incident.