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Gadkari accuses Centre of harassing Modi Government over Godhra case

New Delhi , Thu, 09 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi/Gorakhpur/Ahmedabad, Feb 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the Congress-led UPA Government must stop harassing the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat.


Gadkari complained that Gujarat was constantly a victim of conspiracies by the Central Government.


"Gujarat has continuously been conspired against by New Delhi. The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is misused and repeated attempts are made to defame the Gujarat government. These things are politically motivated," Gadkari told mediapersons in New Delhi.


"I believe that the Gujarat government will come out of this and the people will know the truth. After the SIT report, the Central Government must stop harassing the Gujarat Government," he added.


Gadkari's remarks came in the wake of Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) filing a closure report in a sealed cover on Wednesday on the complaint of Zakia Jaffery, wife of ex-Congress MP Eshan Jaffery.


Meanwhile, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid said any objections to the SIT report could be argued in the court.


"I don't know the details, but I have received some information. Whenever a police unit gives somebody a clean chit, anybody who objects to it has the right to move the court," he told mediapersons in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city.


A magisterial court in Ahmedabad earlier in the day issued notices to the Special Investigating Agency (SIT) after social activists Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha filed two separate applications in the Zakia Jaffery case.


In their applications, Setalvad and Sinha have sought the copies of the SIT report filed in the Zakia Jaffery case.


The next hearing in this case will be on Monday.


Jaffery in her complaint had sought prosecution of Modi, along with 57 others, for aiding and abetting communal riots.


Ehsan Jaffery was among the 69 persons killed in the Gulberg Housing society riots. Around 1,200 people were killed in the communal riots.


The Supreme Court had earlier on September 12 last year refused to pass any order on Modi's alleged inaction in containing riots in 2002 and left it to the concerned magistrate's court to decide the course of action against him on the basis of the SIT report.


Zakia had in the petition alleged that Modi and 62 top government officials deliberately refused to take action to contain the state-wide riots, triggered by the February 27, 2002 Godhra train carnage. (ANI)


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