Gujarat riots: BJP leader criticize opposition after court’s decision: After the Supreme Court upheld a clean bill of health given by the court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) to the then chief minister Narendra Modi and others while ruling out a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 Gujarat riots, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked the Congress and Left parties on Friday.
“Today, we want to question Congress, Left, and others: How many more days will you conduct your whole business, which has been based on demonstrations against Narendra Modi Ji for the last 20 years?” Mr. Prasad informed the assembled reporters.
Additionally, he said that Modi, the former chief minister of Gujarat, had been questioned for nine hours by the Special Investigative Team (SIT).
“The SIT had questioned Gujarat’s then-CM Modi for nine hours and concluded in its report that he played no part (in 2002 Gujarat riots)… The Supreme Court has now said that procedures have been ongoing for the last 16 years in order to keep things heated up for a secondary purpose “BJP MP additional.
The Supreme Court said on Friday that displeased Gujarat government employees who made spectacular discoveries about the 2002 riots “to keep the stove boiling” must be brought to justice and treated according to the law.
The testimony of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, late Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya, and additional director general of police for intelligence RB Sreekumar, though full of inaccuracies, served only to “sensationalize and politicize” the issue, according to a bench presided over by Justice AM Khanwilkar.
On March 26, 2003, while out for a morning stroll close to Ahmedabad’s legal garden area, Mr. Pandya, the state’s home minister at the time, was fatally shot.
The top court cited the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) final report, which found that Bhatt and Pandya had concocted a fake story about attending the meeting on February 27, 2002, when the then Chief Minister is said to have made the statement.
The bench added, “We hasten to add that the constitutional functionaries and this Court were required to move into action taking serious note of the same only because of the ultra-sensational revelation projected by Sanjiv Bhatt and Haren Pandya, who unabashedly claimed to be privy to the utterances made by the then Chief Minister in an official meeting.
“But, after a complete inquiry by the SIT, the untruth of such allegation has been thoroughly revealed on the basis of reliable, incontrovertible documents gathered by the SIT during the probe in that respect,” the bench, which also included Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar, stated.
The Supreme Court said, “At the end of the day, it seems to us that a concerted effort of the dissatisfied State of Gujarat officials together with others was to create a sensation by making discoveries that were untrue to their knowledge.
“The SIT had thoroughly investigated their statements and found them to be completely false. It’s interesting that the current procedures have been going on for the last 16 years, and they even have the gall to question the morality of every official engaged in revealing the cunning strategy used, evidently to stir up trouble “declared the highest court.
In reality, it said, “All those implicated in such abuse of process ought to be in the dock and dealt with in line with the law.”
The Bench made this statement while maintaining the SIT’s clean bill of health for then-Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and 63 other individuals involved in the riots of 2002.
The highest court also rejected Zakia Jafri’s argument, which claimed a bigger conspiracy in the case and was brought by the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.