'Riot probe team chief accepted favours from Gujarat government'

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  1. ejazr

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    Oct 8, 2009
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    Gandhinagar, March 14 (IANS) Expressing lack of confidence in the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the post-Godhra 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, the Congress Monday alleged the team chief’s visits abroad were financed by the state government.

    Leader of Opposition in the assembly Shaktisinh Gohil said he has definite information that several trips of SIT chief R.K.Raghavan to London were financed by the Gujarat government in order to win him over.

    “These travel bills of Dr. Raghavan were cleared against all existing rules and norms of financial propriety. These pleasure trips by Dr. Raghavan were purely personal and private in nature and were not connected with the investigations into the post-Godhra communal riot cases. Despite this, the government of Gujarat willingly cleared all his travel bills without raising any objection,” Gohil said, in a release issued here.

    “And, Dr.Raghavan has returned the favour by making sure that the investigations done by the SIT steered clear of senior government functionaries and their political masters, including (Chief Minister Narendra) Modi. Further, no initiative has been taken by him or the SIT to probe whether there was any larger conspiracy behind the communal riots,” Gohil added.

    He also claimed Raghavan is also attached with Tata Group’s cyber cell and along with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia helped Tata clinch the Nano car deal in Gujarat causing great loss to the exchequer of the state.

    Gohil alleged that though the Tatas were investing only Rs.2,250 crore in Gujarat in the plant it shifted from Singur in West Bengal, the company was granted a loan of Rs.9,570 crore at the throw-away interest rate of 0.01 percent, while repayment of the loan will start after 20 years.

    He demanded that favours to Raghavan and the Tatas should be probed by an independent agency.

    Claiming that Raghavan has totally betrayed the trust put in him by the Supreme Court, Gohil said he had tried to bring this issue to light in 2009 by asking for relevant records under the Right to Information Act.

    However, the SIT refused to part with the documents and stated that it was not a “public authority” within the meaning of the act since it was only a temporary panel formed by the orders of the apex court.

    Gohil said if Raghavan denies these allegations, he should file an affidavit in the Supreme Court and provide details of all travel bills claimed by him along with documentary support. However, if he accepts these facts to be true, he should own up his guilt and resign from the SIT.
  3. mayfair

    mayfair Elite Member Elite Member

    Feb 26, 2010
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    So pointing fingers at the Supreme court are we? In Congress parlance fair seems to be defined such only if it fits their world view.
  4. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    No they are pointing finger on SIT chief R.K.Raghavan and it should be investigated that wat were the intentions and agenda of the Gujarat govt. that made it to clear the bills for the private holiday pleasure trip of Mr.Raghavan.In wake of justice being delivered by the courts on Godhra train burning case it must also be investigated why justice in riots cases are taking so long when riots happened with in days of train burning.riots cases are just lingering on in the web of indian court dates.

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