Gulbarg massacre: Supreme Court asks for counsel’s assessment

May 5th, 2011 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday asked senior counsel Raju Ramachandran to give his independent assessment of the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) status report in the Gulbarg Soceity massacre case.

The apex court bench of Justice D.K. Jain, Justice P. Sadashivam and Justice Aftab Alam told Ramachandran, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case, that he was free to interact with the witnesses and police officers named in the status report.

The court asked former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director and SIT chairman R.K. Raghavan to make available a copy of the status report to Ramachandran.

The court-appointed SIT was directed to investigate the Gulbarg Society massacre in the wake of a petition by Zakia Jaffri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffri, who was among the 69 people killed in the massacre in the society in the aftermath of the Godhra communal riots of 2002.

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