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Gujarat riots: SIT submits report to SC
March 02, 2009 20:18 IST
Nearly a year after it was set up by the Supreme Court, a high-powered Special Investigation Team probing the post-Gohdra riots cases in Gujarat has submitted its report before the apex judiciary.
The report of the SIT, headed by former Central Bureau of Investigation director R K
Raghavan, is investigating 10 cases including the Godhra train burning and subsequent riots and submitted the report before a three-judge bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam.
The bench, in a brief hearing on Monday, said the confidential report would not be given to any party involved in the matter. The copy of the main report is only allowed to be given to Gujarat government and senior advocate Harish Salve who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter.
The reports were placed in sealed covers.
The apex court had on March 26, 2008 constituted the SIT which besides Raghavan has former director general of Uttar Pradesh [Images] police C D Satpathy and three Indian Police Service offices from Gujarat--Geeta Johri, Shivanand Jha and Ashish Bhatia as the members.
The bench asked the Gujarat government and Salve to file their suggestions and views on the report within four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on April 13.
During its probe, the SIT recorded the statement of former DGP P C Pandey who was the commissioner of police in Ahmedabad [Images] during the riots in 2002.