SC should take ‘pro-active’ steps in other cases like Gujarat riots: BJP

NEW DELHI - Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision on the Gujarat riots cases, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the apex court should take similar “pro-active” steps for speedier justice in other cases, including the cases relating to the Bhagalpur riots, the 1984 Sikh carnage and the Ramjanama Bhoomi land dispute.

“We welcome the order of the Supreme Court as it will bring justice to victims of Godhra train carnage and the riots after the carnage,” said a party spokesperson, Prakash Javadekar.

“We hope that the Supreme Court will also take such pro-active steps for speedier justice in case of Bhagalpur riots, 1984 Sikh carnage and Ramjanma Bhoomi land dispute which is pending in courts for 50 years,” he added.

The reaction came after the apex court ordered a retrial of the Gujarat riots cases by fast track courts. The apex court also directed that the trial would not be shifted out of Gujarat.

Besides, it also ordered he filing of additional chargesheets against new accused named by the Special Investigating Team (SIT).

On April 27, the apex court asked the SIT to probe the role of 64 people, including that of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the cases.

The apex court order was passed in response to a petition filed by Congress parliamentarian Ehsaan Jaffery.

The court asked the SIT to submit the report within three months. (ANI)


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