Gujarat riots: SIT submits report to SC

Nearly a year after it was set up by the Supreme Court,a high-powered Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing post-Gohdra riots cases in Gujarat has submitted its report before the apex judiciary.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 2, 2009 9:08 pm

Nearly a year after it was set up by the Supreme Court,a high-powered Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing post-Gohdra riots cases in Gujarat has submitted its report before the apex judiciary.

The report of the SIT,headed by former CBI Director R K Raghavan,is investigating 10 cases including the Godhra train burning and subsequent riots and submitted the report before a three-judge Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat,P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam.

The Bench,in a brief hearing today,said the confidential report would not be given to any party involved in the matter and only allowed that the copy of the main report will be given to Gujarat government and senior advocate Harish Salve who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter.

The reports were placed in sealed covers.

The apex court had on March 26,2008 constituted the SIT which besides Raghavan has former DG of UP Police C D Satpathy and three IPS offices from Gujarat Geeta Johri,Shivanand Jha and Ashish Bhatia as the members.

The bench asked Gujarat government and Salve to file their suggestions and views on the report within four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on April 13.

During its probe,the SIT recorded the statement of former DGP P C Pandey who was the Commissioner of Police in Ahmedabad during the riots in 2002.

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