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August 17, 2004

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Modi government to set up a police committee headed by the director general of police to reconsider closure reports filed in 2,000-odd riot cases and find out whether further investigation was required.

Of the 4,200-odd riot cases in which first information reports were registered, the police closed over 2,000 saying they could not trace the culprits.

The order is one in a series of many expressing complete lack of faith in the Gujarat government.

On April 12, 2004 the apex court quashed the acquittal of 21 accused in the Best Bakery case and ordered its re-investigation and re-trial in Maharashtra.

On August 14 the apex court set aside Atul Mehta's appointment by the Gujarat government as the public prosecutor in the Best Bakery case and appointed P R Vakil in his place.

The case of Bilkis Bano, who was allegedly gang-raped and who saw 14 of her relatives being killed, has already been taken out of the Gujarat police's hands. The Central Bureau of Investigation is now probing it.

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Number of User Comments: 89

Sub: SC blow to Gujarat government

This is judicial activism at its worst. Eversince Gujarat riots happened in 2002,the Media (particularly English language) has targetted Narendra Modi and his govt. even ...

Posted by Amar

Sub: The BJP supporters here

Predictably, the line of reasoning of the saffronwaalas is those guilty of the 1984 sikh riots got away, so we deserve the same ! Gee, ...

Posted by venkprasad

Sub: One sided match

The over enthusiasm shown in this case should also reflect in other cases like Mumbai blasts, regular killing of Kashmiri pandits, Akshardham temple, Sikh riots ...

Posted by Dhruva

Sub: Hail SC !

Lets keep aside the cribs and pains for the judicial system in India. It is very slow, ageold laws, and ... A very proud moment ...

Posted by manish

Sub: Hope still alive !!

The Supreme Court's order to reopen the cases is one of those rare moments in which the Indian judicial system, though inefficient most of the ...

Posted by Philip


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