Court decision Feb 23 on riot panel summons to Modi

February 11th, 2011 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, Feb 11 (IANS) The Gujarat High Court is expected to decide Feb 23 whether or not Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others should be summoned before the Nanavati-Mehta judicial commission probing the 2002 riots cases.The development comes after rights group Jan Sangharsh Manch’s lawyer Mukul Sinha sought the final hearing on the issue. The bench of Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi has kept the matter for final disposal on that date.

JSM filed a petition in high court seeking directions to the commission to summon the chief minister, three of his staff members in the chief minister’s office, former minister Gordhan Jhadafia and others for cross examination.

The demand comes after disclosure of CDs prepared by Indian Police Service officer Rahul Sharma containing call details of Modi and the others with some accused in the riots case.

The Nanavati commission had earlier refused to call the chief minister but later clarified that the decision of not summoning him and others was not final and it may call them, if required.

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