United News of India, New Delhi, August 29, 2006
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to supply a copy of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Delhi, report in relation to the propriety of closure reports filed by the Gujarat police in the 2000 communal riot-related cases in the Godhra train carnage in which 52 karsevaks were charred to death.
The court had earlier requested the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to spare a judicial officer of the rank of additional session judge to examine the cases.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in its petition filed in the apex court earlier, had alleged that out of the 2000 cases, in 1950 cases the closure report under section 173 of the CrPC has been filed by the state police despite sufficient evidence against the accused in the 2002 Gujarat communal riots.
The NHRC has requested the Court to reopen all the cases in which closure reports have been accepted and ordered trial of the accused, a majority of whom belong to the Sangh Parivar and other related organisations like Bajrang Dal and VHP, among others.