No conspiracy in handing over victims bodies: SIT tells court

On the fifth day of its argument,Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on Tuesday rubbished as “hearsay” the allegation made against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 1, 2013 3:46:41 am

On the fifth day of its argument,Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Tuesday rubbished as “hearsay” the allegation made against Chief Minister Narendra Modi by Zakia Jafri,who had alleged that bodies of Sabarmati Express train carnage victims were handed over to kin in a “ceremonial way”.

Recounting the events of February 27,2002,when the train coach was burnt at Godhra railway station killing 59 people,SIT counsel R S Jamuar told the court that the complainant had cited former Maharashtra bureaucrat Shankar Menon’s account in a report as evidence of bodies being handed over in a “ceremonial way” as a part of conspiracy.

“Menon has cited in his report that the then Godhra collector Jayanthi Ravi told him that the decision of sending bodies to Ahmedabad was against her will. We examined Jayanthi Ravi twice,but she denied having said anything to Menon. She stated that it was the unanimous view and Jaideep Patel of VHP was also present there,” Jamuar told the court.

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