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SC rejects Bhatt’s plea to summon Modi before riots panel

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.

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 public interest litigation was dismissed by the High Court in October last year following which the petitioners had approached the Supreme Court with an appeal.

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