May 1, 2009 1:16:10 pm
Voicing happiness over the Supreme Court order on the Gujarat riots cases,apex court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief R K Raghavan on Friday hoped that the trials of the cases in question will be concluded in less than a year.
“I cannot give a fixed deadline. I can only say that no time will be lost. I am hoping that these (trials) will come to a conclusion in about less than a year,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
He was responding to questions after the Supreme Court lifted the stay on the trials of the 2002 Gujarat riots cases and directed the setting up of fast track courts for holding them on a day-to-day basis. The court had stayed the trials on November 21,2003.
Raghavan,a former CBI director,said,”I am certainly happy with the judgement. I think it is going to facilitate the work of the SIT in Gujarat. I look forward to further work in that direction”.
Noting that it is “very humbling” to know that the apex court has reposed “so much trust in me”,he said he was aware of the nature of his responsibilities and that he would ensure “due protection” to the witnesses.
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