//CD probe: Gujarat Govt seeks more time to reply

CD probe: Gujarat Govt seeks more time to reply

Gujarat government on Saturday sought "more time" to reply to a plea seeking a detailed probe into the two crucial Compact Discs (CDs).

The two CDs contain details of mobile telephone calls made during the post-Godhra riots in 2002 and can help in "ascertaining the role of Gujarat police and ministers of Narendra Modi government".

The Government pleader S Shah said, "We need more time to file replies in the matter. We want to make some suggestions as well".

The two-member panel probing the Godhra train carnage and the post-Godhra riots granted time and asked the state government to file replies on or before March 1.

The next hearing on the matter has been adjourned till March 4.

On January 21 this year, a plea was filed by advocate Mukul Sinha (representing a section of the riot-affected families in the Commission) seeking "an official processing and analysis to the two CDs".

"In wake of the new references of the Commission which allows the role and conduct of Chief Minister, his council of ministers and police officials to be probed, we have asked the Commission to conduct an official study of the two CDS submitted by CBI officer Rahul Sharma who was the DSP of Bhavnagar district during the riots", advocate Sinha had said earlier.

Rahul Sharma during his cross-examination before the Commission in 2004 had submitted these CDs which contain the phone numbers of calls made or received during the period from February 27, 2002 to March 7, 2002 in the city of Ahmedabad when communal riots was at its peak.