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Shift riot cases out of Gujarat, says Congress


New Delhi : Accusing the Gujarat government of trying to shield those involved in the 2002 communal riots, the Congress Thursday said justice could not be given to victims till all cases were shifted out of the state.

“The entire machinery, including the law officers, has colluded to subvert the process of law in Gujarat,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

“All riots related cases should be transferred out of the state (Gujarat) because only cases out of the influence of the Gujarat government have fructified in results,” he said.

Referring to state government’s recent action against senior police officers, Tewari said: “It is no secret why action has been taken against the police officers, it is because the fire has reached (Chief Minister Narendra) Modi’s doors.”

He also said that the track record of past years had shown that whenever a case was shifted out of Gujarat, it led to conviction.

After the Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt was suspended for making allegations related to the riots against Modi, another senior Gujarat police officer, Rahul Sharma, was hauled up for passing on, without official permission, information to a panel probing the carnage.