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The Indian Herald

May 1, 2009

Fast track courts for trial of Gujarat riot cases

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered setting up of six special fast track courts to conduct speedy trial of the cases pertaining to the post-Godhra communal carnage.

The Apex court directed that the courts be established in Gujarat for the hearing of nine important cases. However, the court rejected the plea to shift the cases from the state.

The bench of Justices Arijit Kumar Pasayat and Ashok Kumar Ganguly ordered setting up of the courts in Anand, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Ahmedabad districts, with a view to hold daily hearings for speeding up the process of justice.

However, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government can drive solace in the fact the court turned down the NHRC plea to shift the cases out of Gujarat. The Court also asked that the special prosecutors would be appointed in consultation with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Apex court.

The SIT would also take steps to ensure protection of the witnesses. The riots after the Godhra train burning incident in the year 2002 have been termed as one of the most horrific communal pogroms targeting religious minorities and has been equated as state-sponsored genocide against Muslims.

TIH Bureau

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