Narendra Modi in the dock over SIT report


Narendra Modi
New Delhi, Feb 4: It seems that the BJP and the UPA is out there to outdo themselves by landing in embarrassing situations. After the scams and controversies giving the UPA government sleepless nights, now its the turn of the BJP to loose sleep after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report pronounced its findings on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's alleged role in 2002 Godhra riots.

The report however doesn't nail down Modi completely due to the apparent lack of evidence. The report that was submitted to the apex court examines the role that Modi played during the riots that saw the worst sort of violence unfold in Gujarat.

The 600 page SIT report slams Modi's reaction of the killing of a large number of Muslims in Gulburg Society and Naroda Patiya. He was slammed for his comments post Godhra riots that has not gone down well with the populace. He was accused of taking a passive stand on the investigations and for inciting the emotions of VHP workers.

The report also pointed out that Modi had appointed right wing supporters as public prosecutors to probe the riot cases. He was also named for destroying crucial evidence in terms of wireless conversations by the police. The presence of the records could have become key in understanding how the riot unfolded and who all were involved.

He was also questioned on why he did not visit Godhra post riots in site of the fact that he was there at that time. His cabinet colleagues and other bureaucrats have also been rapped in the report which found Gujarat ministers Ashok Bhatt and IK Jadeja being present in the Ahmedabad and Gandinagar police control rooms during the riots. They were accused of being in touch with BJP and VHP leaders located elsewhere.

Though the findings of the report are grave and note worthy, the most damning comment was when he said “every action has an equal and opposite reaction" in the public domain on the Godhra riots.

The BJP will be worried with the findings for sure, but the real test will happen when the Supreme Court will take up the matter on Mar 3.

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