A day after the Supreme Court verdict in the 2002 Gulberg Society case, which also gave clean chit from conspiracy charge to senior BJP leaders, including then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh said the judgement was a result of the prosecution and defence being on the same side. “As far as cases relating to the 2002 riots are concerned, we have a situation where the prosecution and the defence are on the same side. Inspite of the fact that courts have previously held that it was the handiwork of the RSS and Bajrang Dal activists, (prosecution) says they have not found enough evidence against senior BJP leaders,” he said.
Nearly 14 years after the Gulberg Society incident, in which 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were burnt to death during 2002 post Godhra riots, Special judge P B Desai, while holding all the 24 accused guilty, acquitted 36 on Thursday. The special court, however, did not uphold the conspiracy charge, citing ‘no proof’.