214 cases' retrial too vague to be looked into: Mah govt to SC

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) The Maharashtra Government today told the Supreme Court that the reinvestigation and retrial in the 214 cases pointed out by the action committee for implementation of the Justice B N Srikrishna commission report on 1992 Mumbai communal riots was not possible and only specific instances can be looked into.

Senior counsel Ashok Desai, appearing for the state, told the bench, comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal, that the allegations made in the joint affidavit pointed out by the Justice B N Srikrishna commission were too vague to be looked into.

''We will not go beyond the affidavit and will examine only matter on the basis of joint affidavit,'' the apex court said.

The apex court adjourned the hearing till January 22 next year.

The Justice Srikrishna Commission had submitted its report in 1998 and according to the petitioner the findings of the commission have not implemented till date.

The petitioner today tried to add more cases for the examination of the apex court. The apex court refused to entertain fresh cases added to the list and made it clear that it will examine only the cases mentioned in the 247-page joint affidavit.

The petitioner said those involved in 1993 bomb blast cases have been punished while those involved in 1992 communal riots, which include Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, are roaming freely and the commission report is gathering dust since 1998.

UNI

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