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Tehelka sting aftermath: Rights group wants SC to intervene

October 27, 2007 16:23 IST

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The Citizens for Justice and Peace through its secretary Teesta Setalvad has filed an intervention application in the pending cases before the Supreme Court on Saturday asking for the recent Telekha sting operation 'Gujarat Ka Kalank' to be summoned, examined as evidence and hearings of the case be expedited immediately.

The application states that the lives of survivors and witnesses are in serious danger today with those accused of mass crimes roaming free, gloating about accused who raped, killed, made arms and conspired with the topmost authorities in the state.

This intervention application was filed in the transfer case related to the Godhra mass arson, Gulberg Massacre, Naroda gaon, Patiya massacres, Sardarpura and Ode carnages that have been pending since they were stayed in November 2003.

In the application, the CJP has stated that the brazen admission and gloating by accused of heinous crimes who are roaming free in Gujarat that they killed and slaughtered and raped innocents put the lives of over 190 eye witnesses and victim survivors in grave danger and urged the apex court to treat the issue with the immediacy of a life threatening situation.

The Supreme Court should intervene and protect lives of witnesses and the evidence, which is likely to be destroyed by the state and its agencies, immediately.

The CJP had in May 2002 itself, on the basis of the report of the National Human Rights Commission report of May 2002, asked for an independent re-investigation into all these major cases and the case has been pending since then.