The five-member SIT team is headed by R Raghavan, and includes former Deputy General of Police C D Satpathy and three Indian Police officers -- Geetha Johri, Shivanand Jha and Ashish Bhatia.
The Apex Court order came on a petition filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad and the wife of slain ex-MP, Ehsan Jaffri. A probe is also ordered into the roles of a cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government, three MLAs, three Cishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists and several IAS and IPS officers as well.
Reacting on the SC order Congress party asked Modi to stepdown taking the moral responsibility of the riots. Teesta Setalvad said that Modi was hampering the probe into the 2002 Gujarat riot case. "It's a huge victory because this is an indication of what we have been saying for almost six years now. The police had used Modi's political clout to delay the probe, now the SC has renewed faith in the justice system by saying at least investigate it," Teesta told to a TV channel after the court order.