Godhra riots: SC recalls notice to Modi

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 18:42 hrs

New Delhi, Mar 23 (IBNS) The Supreme Court Friday recalled its notice to the Gujarat government that summoned Chief Minister Narendra Modi to record his statement in connection to the 2002 Godhra riots.

Recalling the notice, an apex court bench headed by Justice D.K. Jain said the notice was not on a plea to summon Modi but some witnesses in the Godhra train burning case.

recalled the notice, noting that it was issued not on a plea for summoning Modi by the Nanavati Commission, but related to the summoning of some witness in Godhra train burning case.

"...this case has no connection to the witnesses mentioned. Hence we are recalling our order," the court said.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the BJP rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

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