Congress welcomes SC order on Gujarat riots

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) The Congress today welcomed the order of the Supreme Court constituting a five-member Special Investigative Team (SIT) to conduct fresh inquiry into 11 cases of post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002, and said it was a vindication of its stand that the investigation by the state government was 'biased." "We welcome the fresh inquiry into some of the important and extremely agonising riots that had taken place in the aftermath of Godhra," AICC Spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told mediapersons here.

"The Congress Party has always stated that the investigation which were conducted by the state government were biased and mostly conducted with a view to covering up the acts of the main accused," she said.

Ms Natarajan said the investigation by the state government were neither impartial nor effective, and added that the order of the apex court was a vindication of the stand taken consistently by the party.

She expressed the hope that the victims of the riots would now be in a better position to get justice.

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