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Supreme Court slaps notice on Gujarat Govt
NEW DELHI,Press Trust of India — The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Gujarat government, its home secretary and the DGP on a petition seeking a CBI probe into recent communal strife in the state, including the Godhra carnage, in which 1,000 lives have been lost.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Mr SP Bharucha, Mr Justice BN Kirpal and Mr Justice Shivaraj V Patil issued the notices after hearing Mr Anil Divan, counsel for petitioner Mr DN Pathak and 15 others, all of whom claimed to be social activists.
The Bench ordered listing of the petition for hearing along with a PIL filed by Mallika Sarabhai and others, who alleged the state machinery was biased against the minorities during the recent riots and sought setting up of a Special Investigating Team for probe. The Court, on Sarabhai’s petition, had issued notices to Mr Narendra Modi, the VHP and BJP.
Mr Pathak and others sought a direction from the Court to Gujarat to hand over to the CBI the ongoing probe into all incidents of communal violence, looting, arson, murder and rape that took place on and after 27 February. The petitioners also requested the Court to hand over to the agency the probe into all cases where “any member of the police or ruling party may have been named or indicated as accused”.
The PIL also sought an order restraining the police and probe agencies to proceed with inquiries till the Court heard the matter. The cases the CBI would probe should be monitored by the Supreme Court and the agency should submit reports time to time, it said. The petitioners also requested setting up of special courts to try all cases of violence and urged the Court to set a deadline for completion of the probe. They pleaded that cases that were to be probed by the local police should be monitored by special magisterial cells.
Gill in Gujarat: Amidst conflicting reports about his appointment as security advisor to Mr Modi, former Punjab DGP Mr KPS Gill arrived in Ahmedabad today after a 30-min-ute meeting with Mr LK Advani in Delhi.
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