The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Narendra Modi Government to give its suggestions and views on a report submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT),which was formed to inquire into about dozen cases following the Godhra riots of 2002.
Inclined to have the views of the state Government before giving further directions,a special Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat,Aftab Alam and P Sathasivam ordered the SCs registry to give a copy of the report to the states counsel.
After the petitioners,including the NHRC,said a copy must also be provided to the amicus curiae (friend of the court),the Bench ordered that a copy should also be given to senior advocate Harish Salve,who has been assisting the court in hearing the batch of petitions seeking an independent inquiry into the 2002 riots.
On March 26,2008,the apex court had formed the SIT,headed by former CBI director R K Raghavan,to probe the 2002 riots. While asking the SIT to continue functioning till further orders,the apex court ensured that there was no change in its composition. SIT shall continue to function till further orders. It will also continue with its present composition, the Bench observed.
Listing the matter for further hearing on April 13,the court told both the Gujarat Government and amicus curie to furnish their views on the report,filed in a sealed cover,within four weeks. The court also ordered that the report should not be given to any party involved in the matter.