Riots SIT says can’t reveal report

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team,while opposing an application to declare its investigation report on a complaint by Zakia Jafri against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others as a public document,has stated that they had once refused even the Nanavati-Mehta Commission to give statements of Modi and others related to the same case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 13, 2012 4:11:57 am

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT),while opposing an application to declare its investigation report on a complaint by Zakia Jafri against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others as a public document,has stated that they had once refused even the Nanavati-Mehta Commission to give statements of Modi and others related to the same case.

SIT counsel R S Jamuvar argued this before the Metropolitan Court presided over by Magistrate M S Bhatt,which reserved its order on the application till March 15. SIT has submitted its report on a complaint against Modi and others on February 8 and has remained a secret ever since.

The application was moved by advocate Shamshad Pathan contending that the SIT report is part of investigation and therefore it should be declared public under the provisions of the Indian Evidence Act.

Jamuvar opposed the application contending that the report cannot be called a public document. He argued that the SIT has not given copies of statements of Modi and others to even Nanavati-Mehta Commission. He also argued that the SIT is anyways going to submit its full report on March 15 and it will be available once the court takes cognizance of the same and goes through it.

Meanwhile,an accused in the Gulberg Society massacre case,Ajay Panchal,has also moved an application before the Metropolitan Court seeking to have report of the SIT. Panchal’s lawyer Mitesh Amin said being an accused in the case they have sought to have the copy of the report. SIT has opposed the application saying the accused cannot be given the copy at this point of time. The court has reserved its order on the application for March 15.

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