Don’t file PIL for publicity,SC tells Bhatt

Don’t file PIL for publicity,SC tells Bhatt

Dismisses petition for direction to riots probe panel to summon and examine the CM.

The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and a civil rights organisation,People’s Union for Civil Liberty (PUCL),that had sought a direction to Justice Nanavati Commission to summon and examine Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots in the state.

Dismissing the PIL,the division bench of SC observed it was not appropriate for Bhatt,an IPS officer,to move such a petition for “publicity”.

Bhatt and PUCL had jointly moved the PIL before the Gujarat High Court seeking a direction to the commission probing into the post-Godhra riots to summon Modi since its terms of reference provided for examining the CM’s role. The petitioners had also sought a direction to the panel to submit its final report with the Governor of Gujarat,and not to the CM,since his role was to be examined.

The PIL was dismissed by the HC in October last year following which the petitioners had approached the apex court with an appeal.


The state government’s counsel,Devang Vyas,said the petition was dismissed on the ground that the Commission could summon a person if it felt it was needed.

Vyas said the court also made an oral observation that it was not appropriate for an IPS officer to move such a petition for “publicity”.