SC adjourns hearing on petition filed by Godhra incident accused

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (UNI) The Supreme Court today adjourned till February 19 the hearing of the petition filed by some of the accused in Godhra train burning incident challenging the decision of Gujarat government rejecting a report recommending that no offence under POTA was made out against any of 131 accused in the case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J G Balakrishnan, Justices R V Raveendran and Dalveer Bhandari adjourned the hearing as it remained inconclusive.

Petitioner Mahmadhusen Abdul Rahim Kalota Shaikh and Anusuyabin Sadashiv Jadav have contended that they have been languishing in jails for about five years and trial had already been stayed and charges against them under section 3 (1) of POTA should be dropped in view of the recommendations of central POTA review committee headed by retired High Court judge Justice S C Jain made in May 2005.

The Narendra Modi government had, however, rejected the recommendations of the committee on June 10,2005.

As many as 59 kar sevaks were burnt alive on July 27, 2002 in Godhra train burning incident which led to 2002 communal riots in the state.

The POTA review committee in its recommendations made to the government on May 20 ,2005 had said no terrorist angle was involved in the case while holding that criminal conspiracy was certainly there.

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