The Supreme Court wrapped up its proceedings in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riot cases. As it disposed of ten petitions, including a plea filed by the National Human Rights Commission, seeking a proper investigation in the cases of violence during the riots. A bench headed by CJI U U Lalit and comprising Justices S Ravindra Bhat and J B Pardiwala disposed of the cases as infructuous. It observed that the court had constituted an SIT to conduct the investigation and prosecution of nine cases connected with riots. And the trial in eight out of those cases is complete, and the final arguments go to the trial court in one case.
Advocate Aparna Bhat submitted a plea made by activist Teesta Setalvad. Whose NGO Citizens for Peace and Justice had moved an application in the apex court for proper investigation in riot cases, seeking protection was pending. Bhat added that she could not get instructions from Setalvad as she is at present under custody in a fresh case registered by the Gujarat Police. The top court granted liberty to Setalvad to approach the concerned authority for seeking protection. Which would decide her application as per law.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the SIT, submitted that trial in only one matter out of the nine cases.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the SIT, submitted that trial in only one matter out of the nine cases. Pertaining to the Naroda Gaon area is pending and it is at the stage of final arguments. The court was informed that in the other cases, trials were complete and those cases were either before the high court or the apex court. The top court noted that advocates appearing for the petitioners have accepted the statement of the SIT of completing the investigation. The bench said that since all matters have now become infructuous, the court may need not entertain these petitions any longer.