SIT has no power to summon Modi: Gujarat govt

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SIT has no power to summon Modi: Gujarat govt
New Delhi, Apr 17: Questioning the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigative Team's (SIT) powers to issue summons to the Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots, the Gujarat government has pointed its guns towards the social activist Teesta Setalvad.

The Gujarat government on Friday, Apr 16 filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court arguing that the SIT had no powers to summon the Chief Minister in the investigation of the murder of ex-Congress MP Ehasan Jafri.

The affidavit, which came in response to the petition filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad and others for reconstitution of the SIT, also slaps serious allegations against the NGO worker.

The state government has accused Setalvad of of manipulating witnesses, intimidating the investigative team and indulging in other activities to satisfy ulterior motives and political interests.

The government's contentions came weeks after the chief minister appeared before the SIT. On Mar 28, the probe panel grilled Modi for over nine hours in two separate sessions seeking answers to a total of 62 questions related to Gulbarga Society riot case in which the Congress MP and 68 others were killed.

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