Post-Godhra massacre: 'Modi's role should be probed'

May 08, 2012, 09:13 IST | Agencies

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's role in the 2002 riots in the state should be probed, said Raju Ramachandran, the amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court (SC) in the case, in his final report

According to the report dated July 25, 2011, which was released yesterday, there was a need for examining Modi’s role in the wake of the Godhra train burning to find out whether a message was conveyed that the state machinery would not step in to prevent the communal riots that followed.

Ramachandran said the chairman of the SC-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) had found that a meeting had indeed taken place at Modi’s residence at 11 pm on February 27, 2002 that was attended by senior bureaucrats and police officers.

However, the BJP has rejected allegations about Modi’s complicity in the Gulbarg Society carnage case and said matters related to the report filed by Ramachandran had been dealt with by the SIT in its “closure report”.

Responding to queries, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the report had put everything on record. He said the SIT had prepared its report after months of investigation.

“Ultimately, truth has prevailed,” Javadekar said. He rejected allegations about Modi’s complicity in the wake of Ramachandran's report. He added that Modi was not guilty.

“Whoever is responsible is getting punished,” he said.

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