Published On:25 February 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

'Narendra Modi neither interrogated nor cross-questioned in 2002 Gujarat Riots'

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Was Narendra Modi cross examined or given an opportunity to justify himself in the nine hours when SIT interrogated him in 2010 about his role in 2002 riots?

Two years after he was questioned by the Supreme Court- appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), it has emerged that chief minister Narendra Modi was put only straight questions, he was neither interrogated nor cross-questioned, during his questioning in connection with his alleged role in the 2002 riots.

High drama had been created when SIT summoned Modi to its office in Gandhinagar on March 23, 2010 to question him.

The questioning ran for nine hours and he was asked 71 questions by AK Malhotra, a senior member of SIT. The SIT questioned the CM on a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of slain former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, in the Supreme Court.

Nearly two years after the questioning, copies of the question-answer (questions put by SIT and answers given by Modi) were made available to media on last Thursday.
Looking at the SIT questions and Modi's answers, it seems the SIT only asked him straight questions and it did not try to shoot cross-questions to corner him.

During the questioning, Modi denied any negligence or failure on part of the state administration by saying that he had instructed police from time to time to maintain law and order and take steps to ensure peace and harmony between two communities. However, legal experts and activists say the SIT did not try to bring out the truth.

"Examination made by Malhotra does not in any way attempt to bring out the truth, but it appears to be tailored to defend the chief minister. The answers obscure the truth rather than reveal it," said Dr Mukul Sinha, lawyer and activist.

He said there are several replies given by the chief minister which hide the truth but no attempt was made to contradict the CM.

Citing an instance, Sinha said: "CM says he came to know about Gulbarg and Naroda Patiya on the night of February 28. However, according his reply to another question, he had addressed the media conference in the afternoon of the same day when Gulbarg and Naroda Patia had already been set on fire.

This answer could have been contradicted during the questioning." Giving another instance, Sinha said: "In reply to question 13, the CM says that the decision to bring the dead bodies to Ahmedabad was taken collectively because most of the victims belonged to Ahmedabad. The fact is, on February 27 most of the dead bodies were not identified and therefore there was no question of knowing that the victims belonged to Ahmedabad." He continued: "The CM said the dead bodies were taken in vehicles and the funeral was peaceful. Whereas police inspector NK Barot of Bapunagar police station, in his affidavit before the Nanavati Commission stated that the violence broke out when the dead bodies were brought to Bapunagar for the funeral procession."

Prominent lawyer and social activist Girish Patel said it seemed the SIT had asked flat questions. "SIT could have asked many questions to contradict answers given by the CM. It was not an ordinary offence and he was not an ordinary person. The SIT should examine him to find out the truth," Patel said. During his questioning, Modi denied the presence of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in the controversial meeting in which, according to Bhatt's claim, Modi had instructed police to act with a soft hand with Hindu rioters.

The CM also denied the claim of Jafri family that, the former parliamentarian Ahsan Jafri made phone call to Modi before he was killed by a mob at Gulbarg Society. Modi termed the decision to bring the dead bodies of Karsevaks, who were killed in the Sabarmati Express train carnage on February 27, 2002, as "collective and unanimous" decision taken at the meeting at the collector's office in Godhra.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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1 comments for "'Narendra Modi neither interrogated nor cross-questioned in 2002 Gujarat Riots'"

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