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'SIT should be held for contempt'

AHMEDABAD: The SIT, probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots cases, should be held for contempt of court for failing to comply with the apex court order in connection with riot victim Zakia Jaffery\'

Published: 13th February 2012 09:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:55 PM   |  A+A-

AHMEDABAD: The SIT, probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots cases, should be held for contempt of court for failing to comply with the apex court order in connection with riot victim Zakia Jaffery's complaint, activist Teesta Setalvad's lawyer alleged today in the court.

The issue was raised by Setalvad's advocate I M Munshi, while hearing on their plea seeking copy of the SIT's final report submitted to Metropolitan Magistrate M S Bhatt.

Zakia, Setalvad, Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) and one of the riot victims of Gulburg Society riots, have sought a copy of the SIT report from the court.

The report was submitted in a sealed cover to the court last Wednesday. It reportedly gives a clean chit to chief minister Narendra Modi and 56 others on the ground that there is no "prosecutable evidence".

Today, during the hearing on group of applications seeking copy of the SIT report, the agency's counsel R S Jambuar revealed that a huge volume of evidence related to Zakia's complaint, containing statements and other documents is still with the SIT.

Jambuar had earlier sought one month's time from the court to properly arrange those documents and serialise them before submitting in court.

On this, Munshi contended that SIT's action was a violation of Supreme Court's September 12, 2011 order asking it to submit all the documents related to Zakia's complaint before the magistrate, and demanded that the agency should be held for contempt of court.

He also asked the court to direct the Supreme Court-appointed SIT to first submit all the documents related to Zakia's complaint in the court.



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