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SIT chief trying to shield Modi: Cong

The state Congress today alleged that Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team’s chief R K Raghavan was getting “undue” facilities from the state government and that he was “trying to protect Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other accused in 2002 riot cases”.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 2, 2012 6:06:39 am

The state Congress today alleged that Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team’s (SIT’s) chief R K Raghavan was getting “undue” facilities from the state government and that he was “trying to protect Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other accused in 2002 riot cases”.

After the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Gandhinagar,Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil said that though the Supreme Court had,on September 12,2011,asked Raghavan to submit his report,he was allegedly delaying the task.

“Raghavan is paid Rs 1.5 lakh monthly salary from the state treasury,yet his conduct has always been suspicious,” he said in a statement.

Gohil further alleged that Raghavan was provided all the facilities by the government during his visit to the UK.

“Raghavan has not bothered to record statement of important witnesses like R B Sreekumar,Rahul Sharma and Sanjiv Bhatt,” said Gohil,adding that this indicated Raghavan’s lack of seriousness about the probe.

He said that Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran did lot of homework and prepared a comprehensive report in the case,but Raghavan was “trying to find out loopholes to save Modi and other accused”.

Ramchandran,said Gohil,had pointed out in his report the presence of ministers in police control rooms,presence of Bhatt at the residence of CM and suggested action against CM and 61 others under the provisions of Section 153 (A),153(B),505 and 166. “But Raghavan is still trying to save the CM,” he alleged.

The Congress leader alleged that Raghavan was earlier associated with Ratan Tata whose company had been given incentives of billions of rupees for its Nano car project. “His conduct is raising doubts in the mind of people,” he said.

‘Raghavan under attack for ignoring Cong falsehoods’

Reacting to this,BJP’s legal cell president J J Patel said,“This same Congress had distributed sweets when SIT led by the same (R K) Raghavan had arrested one of the ministers of Modi government,Maya Kodnani (in the Naroda Patiya riot case).

“Now,when the same SIT has not taken into consideration the falsehoods of Congress about Modi due to lack of evidence,it is targeting Raghavan.”

“We will have to check if the statements of Gohil amount to contempt of court,” he said.

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