SC rejects Gujarat govt. petition, will continue monitoring riot cases

By TCN Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: Rejecting a petition of Gujarat government on Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India said it will continue monitoring the riot cases of 2002. The BJP government of chief minister Narendra Modi, an accused in the Gulberg Society massacre case, had filed a petition urging the apex court not to monitor the 2002.

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Encouraged with the September 13 verdict of the Supreme Court whereby it sent back Zakia Jafri’s case to trial court in the state and said it will not monitor the case, the Gujarat government had moved the petition urging the apex court to stop monitoring the 2002 riots cases as chargesheet has been filed and trial has begun. An apex court bench headed by Justice D.K Jain was told by senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi that according to the rules, monitoring should come to an end after the chargesheet has been filed.

However, the court told the Gujarat government today that the trial was being monitored by the Special Investigation Team for the last two years and there was no change in circumstances to go back on that decision. The apex court said it will continue monitoring the riots cases of 2002 and will pass necessary direction later if needed.