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The Indian Herald

April 28, 2009

Supreme Court orders probe against Narendra Modi

The ghost of the Gujarat riots has come back to haunt Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Supreme Court has ordered a probe into his role in the riots.

The Apex court on Monday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by the former CBI Director RK Raghavan to investigate the role of the Chief Minister and several other senior government functionaries in the communal riot.

The victims had charged the state government of inaction and holding a meeting with the police officials to instruct them to allow the 'rioters to go amok and give vent to their anger against Muslims'.

The post-Godhra communal carnage, which is believed to be one of the worst incidents of racial killings and mass murders, had left over 1,000 dead. Mostly Muslims including women and children were among those who died in the violence.

Among other victims, the wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed by a riotous mob, had alleged that the police were deliberately not sent to rescue the victims and the police officials had conspired with the killing mobs.

Ehsan Jafri's wife Zakia had approached the Supreme Court. She had complained that the Ahmedabada police had not registered any criminal case regarding the killings at the Gurbarg Society.

The Congress has called the SC decision a slap in the face of Narendra Modi. The CPI (M) has also hailed the decision. However, the BJP has said that there is no reason for Modi to resign and said that there is no parallel with the case of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who were linked to anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

TIH Bureau

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