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Gujarat riots: More allegations against controversial judge

April 10, 2008 23:23 IST

The Jan Sangarsh Manch on Thursday said that Justice Akshay Mehta, who has recently been appointed as a member of the Nanavati Commission, had not given any reasons in his order granting bail to Naroda Patia main accused Babu Bajrangi.

Advocate Mukul Sinha of JSM, representing a section of riot victims, said that Justice Mehta, who was appointed to the riot panel in place of late Justice K G Shah, had granted bail to Babu Bajrangi by his order dated October 19, 2002.

"The interesting thing in Justice Mehta's order is that it does not cite any reason for granting bail to a prime accused and two others in the Naroda Patia case," said Sinha.

Justice Mehta's order read, "The parties do not press for reasoned order. Considering the submissions made on behalf of the parties and having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, the application is allowed and applicants are ordered to be released on bail."

Sinha said, "Appearing before Nanavati Commission, probing the Sabarmati train carnage and the post-Godhra cases of 2002, with Justice Mehta as its member, would be like legitimising something that is illegal. It is not acceptable to us".

Sinha made it clear that he won't be party to the political game that is being played in the name of appointment of Justice Mehta.

He also demanded that Justice Mehta be removed from the Commission. "We won't take part in the proceedings till Justice Mehta is removed," Sinha said.

"We don't have any personal prejudice against Justice Mehta," Sinha said.

Since the Supreme Court has constituted a Special Investigating Team to investigate 14 post-Godhra riot cases, which has higher sanctity than the state appointed Commission, Sinha said they would be willing to help the SIT in its probe.

"If the SIT wants, we can submit all the evidence that we have collected over five years," Sinha said.

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