Gulbarg verdict 'stain' on PM: Former Delhi CJ Sachar
Former Chief Justice of Delhi Sachar, reacted on the verdict of a special court on Gulbarg society massacre
New Delhi: Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar on Thursday described a Gujarat court verdict in Gulbarg Housing Society case as a "stain" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, considering that he was the Chief Minister in Gujarat when the killings took place.
In a statement, the former President of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) also deplored "communal approach" by "Hindu Chauvinists" who were resisting shifting of displaced Muslim families to a locality following demolition of their homes.
According to a report in a national daily, residents of Kapurai —a neighbourhood in Vadodara where about 300 displaced families, mostly Muslims, are supposed to be relocated following the demolition of their homes in Suleiman Chawl —have written to the Vadodara Municipal Corporation protesting against the move.
The letter states that allowing Muslims to move into the locality will "hamper the peace-loving nature here" as their "daily activity involves assaulting and abusing", the report said.
The hearing for the 2002 post-Godhra riots case of Gulbarg Society, in which 69 persons including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed, is underway. 11 accused have been convicted so far for the murder and 13 more have been convicted under other charges.
A special court hearing the 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case here today ordered the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team to produce within 15 days all documents related to its final report on Zakia Jafri's complaint against Narendra Modi and others.
The Sardarpura verdict, coming nearly 10 years after the carnage, does not leave any specific message, except that the legal process works excruciatingly slowly. But it works well in the end.