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  • Best Bakery charges to be framed today
    Prasad Patil, Mid-Day, October 1, 2004
    Judge Abhay Thipsay, who is presiding over the Best Bakery case, will frame charges today against 17 of the accused. Sanjay Thakker, who was arrested on Monday, will also be produced in the special court.

  • In Modi's Gujarat, Hitler is a textbook hero
    Harit Mehta, Times News Network, September 30, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: Gandhi is not so great, but Hitler is. Welcome to high school education in Narendra Modi's Gujarat, where authors of social studies textbooks published by the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks have found faults with the freedom movement and glorified Fascism and Nazism.

  • Mahatma's grandson apologises for Gujarat violence
    Indo-Asian News Service, Toronto, September 28, 2004
    Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, apologised for the 2002 sectarian violence in Gujarat, his grandfather's home state, during a public function in Toronto.

  • Activists vow to prevent another 'Gujarat'
    Times News Network, September 26, 2004
    PUNE: Civil society activists from across the state met in the city on Saturday and resolved to prevent "Gujarat style" communal riots in Maharashtra.

  • India: After Gujarat Riots, Witnesses Face Intimidation
    Human Rights Watch Press Release, September 23, 2004
    As the courts hear cases stemming from the anti-Muslim riots of March 2002, the authorities in Gujarat are intimidating rather than protecting witnesses who seek to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The central government in New Delhi must take immediate steps to ensure the protection of the victims and witnesses of the riots and their advocates.

  • Murder charges in Gujarat trial
    BBC Online, September 22, 2004
    Sixteen Hindus have been charged in a court in the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) with the murder of 12 Muslims during the Gujarat riots in 2002.

  • 16 to face fresh riot charges
    Reuters, September 15, 2004
    MUMBAI: A court will lay fresh charges on Wednesday against 16 men acquitted last year of murder, in a case seen as symbolic of the failure to win any major convictions over the 2002 Gujarat religious riots.

  • Gujarat police records statement of Zaheera's brother
    Press Trust of India, September 14, 2004
    A team of Gujarat Police on Tuesday recorded the statement of Nafitullah Sheikh, brother of Best Bakery carnage survivor and prime witness Zaheera Sheikh in a case pertaining to threats allegedly handed out to her by a Vadodara MLA.

  • HC notice on ‘absconding’ Gujarat BJP leader
    Rathin Das, The Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad, September 14
    In another setback to the BJP-ruled state government, the Gujarat High Court on Monday issued notices to its senior officials and asked for explanation as to how a BJP leader in Sabarkantha district could be declared an 'absconder' in riot cases when he was winning local cooperative elections and attending public functions.

  • SC may order fresh probe in Gujarat cases
    Business Standard, Law Correspondent / New Delhi September 07, 2004
    The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it might order re-investigation in some of the gross cases, which occurred during the Gujarat communal riots two years ago.

  • On SC order, Gujarat sets up panel for review of riot cases
    Express News Service, September 03, 2004
    Following the Supreme Court’s directive, the Gujarat government on Thursday set up a committee (an official note mentions a Special Cell) under the state DGP to reassess, evaluate and decide on reinvestigation and supervision of all summary cases — about 2,100 — relating to the post-Godhra communal riots.

  • Gujarat train fire probe launched
    BBConline, September 2, 2004
    A retired Indian judge has been named to hold a fresh inquiry into an alleged attack on a train which triggered religious riots in Gujarat state.

  • 'KPS Gill stemmed Gujarat riot rot'
    Times News Network, August 31, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: A high-ranking Gujarat police officer told the riots probe commission on Tuesday that it was only after KPS Gill took over as security advisor to the chief minister in May 2002 — three months after the violence began — that intelligence on antiminority biases in the police force started to get recognised and remedial measures to restore peace were taken.

  • Policeman accuses Gujarat BJP
    BBConline, August 31, 2004
    Politicians in the state of Gujarat prevented Indian police from carrying out their duties during religious riots in 2002, a senior policeman has said.

    RB Sreekumar said that members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat made the police feel handicapped during Hindu-Muslim clashes.

  • Reading the riot act
    Is an anti-communal law the answer to the Gujarat violence?
    Pamela Philipose, The Indian Express, August 27, 20004

    Getting such legislation into the statute books would, without doubt, be an arduous and contentious process. But it would help build a social consensus on the absolute unacceptability of acts such as those Gujarat witnessed so recently. It would signal that India is serious and uncompromising in its intent to fight crimes of hate, crimes against humanity.

  • Gujarat police is now hyper-active
    Times News Network, August 26, 2004
    With the Supreme Court delivering a barrage of directives on riot-related cases in Gujarat, a real sense of urgency has gripped sections of the establishment here.

  • Court revives Indian riot victims hope of justice
    Reuters, By Thomas Kutty Abraham, 24 Aug 2004
    "The court order has suddenly made investigators active. It has also raised the morale of those pursuing legal cases," Mukhtar Muhammad, a human rights activist, told Reuters.

  • Gujarat cop arrested in riots case
    Indo-Asian News Service, August 24. 2004
    The Gujarat police on Tuesday arrested a police official for his alleged role in the killing of 11 people during the sectarian violence of 2002.

  • Gujarat riots: SC to hear NHRC case, August 23, 2004
    The Supreme Court continues hearing the NHRC case on the Gujarat riots today.

    In a major setback for the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court yesterday ordered the formation of a special cell to examine if over 2,000 cases relating to sectarian violence in the state that had been closed needed fresh investigation.

  • Gujarat mandarin adds new twist to Godhra probe
    The Hindu, August 21, 2004
    In a significant disclosure, a senior bureaucrat of Gujarat government today told the Godhra riots inquiry commission that the decision to bring the charred bodies of 59 Ram sevaks killed in the brutal train carnage on February 27, 2002 in Godhra, to a hospital in Ahmedabad, was that of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

  • And justice for all ....
    The Hindu, August 22, 2004
    In addition to the trauma, riot victims have to contend with the lack of political will and continued apathy of the State to alleviate their plight. MEENA MENON documents the situation in Mumbai after the riots of 1993.

  • Former minister quits BJP citing Gujarat violence, August 19, 2004
    Former union minister Sanjay Paswan Thursday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protesting against the 2002 Gujarat communal violence and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Gujarat, still
    Vandita Mishra, The Indian Express, August 21, 2004
    The magazine laid out the reasons for its gloom: not a single murderer has been convicted for the riots while the Modi government has charged 123 Muslims and detained nearly 100 over the fire in the train compartment at Godhra. The government continues ‘‘to act less like a scourge of illegal violence than its sponsor’’. Though many read the BJP’s May 13 defeat as a rejection of Moditva, the man himself has survived the storm. If Modi is under attack in his party today, it is not for his brand of hate politics.

  • 'No post-Godhra riots case given to special directorate'
    Press Trust of India, August 20, 2004
    A special directorate set up by the Gujarat Government to handle criminal cases in courts has not been given a single file relating to 2000-odd post-Godhra riots cases.

  • Decks cleared for Best Bakery case retrial
    Times News Network, August 20, 2004
    MUMBAI: The Best Bakery re-trial may begin soon now that the issue over public prosecutors has finally been settled.

    The special court set up to try the death of 14 people, who were burnt alive at a Baroda bakery during the communal riots in March 2002, on Thursday gave the two new prosecutors time till September 8 to read the case papers.

  • Public prosecutor flays Gujarat
    State govt did not get in touch with me: Vakil
    Express News Service, August 20, 2004

    Censure from the Supreme Court does not seem to have made a difference to the Gujarat government. Three days after he was appointed public prosecutor by the SC in the Best Bakery retrial, P.R. Vakil today said the Gujarat government has not established contact with him.

  • Warrants extended in Best Bakery case retrial
    The Hindu onNet / PTI, August 19, 2004
    A special court conducting the retrial of Best Bakery case on Supreme Court's directive today asked Gujarat police to publish photographs of absconding accused in the case and extended till September eight the non-bailable warrants against them.

  • Justice, in Gujarat
    The SC’s directive on reopening riot cases is the most damning indictment of Modi’s govt yet
    The Indian Express, August 19, 2004

    When the Supreme Court transferred first the Best Bakery case and then the Bilkis Rasool case out of Gujarat, it seemed the wise thing to do under the circumstances. The circumstances were framed, of course, by the continuing inaction of the Narendra Modi government in bringing the culprits of the 2002 riots to book, its staunch refusal to let justice prevail.

  • Best Bakery retrial set to begin
    NDTV.Com, August 19, 2004
    Retrial in the Best Bakery case begins today. The case will be heard in a Mumbai court after the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of these cases to Maharashtra.

  • The Noose Tightens: Under SC Glare, Gujarat Officials Run for Cover
    Kingshuk Nag, Editorial, The Times of India, August 19, 2004
    The top cops of Gujarat are desperately trying to cover their tracks. But the Modi administration could be in trouble, if the investigations proceed in the present manner.

  • Gujarat Govt interfered with police during riots: Former cop
    Press Trust of India, August 18, 2004
    Allegations of Gujarat Government interfering with police during the post-Godhra communal riots emerged during the cross-examination of former city police commissioner before the inquiry commission in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

  • ‘Modi Govt didn’t try to stop communal clashes after Godhra carnage’
    Press Trust of India, August 18, 2004
    The Gujarat government had not discussed about any preventive steps to be taken to counter any attack on minorities anticipated in the wake of the Godhra train tragedy, former city Police Commissioner P.C. Pandey told the Godhra riots inquiry commission on Wednesday.

  • SC orders review of all Gujarat riot cases
    Press Trust of India, New Delhi, August 18, 2004
    The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government on Tuesday to set up a 10-member police team headed by the DGP to assess the possibility of reopening post-Godhra riot cases which had been closed on the ground that the accused could not be traced.

  • Order not a jolt: Gujarat
    Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad, August 18, 2004
    In a guarded reaction to the Supreme Court's order to review 2,000 riot cases that had been closed, the Gujarat government said on Wednesday the verdict was not a “jolt” to it. A high-level committee headed by the DGP would be formed as soon as the order is received, the government said.

  • Force didn't listen: Gujarat ex-DGP
    Times News Network, August 16, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: A state of lawlessness among law-enforcers? Former DGP K Chakravarthi has hinted at serious lapses in investigation and prosecution of Gujarat riot cases. On Monday, he suggested that his orders were hardly executed by his subordinates.

  • Former police chief confesses inaction during Gujarat violence
    Indo-Asian News Service, Ahmedabad, August 16, 2004
    A former police chief on Monday admitted before a panel probing the 2002 sectarian violence in Gujarat that he could not act against erring police officials, who allegedly disallowed complaints being lodged against violent mobs.

  • SC appoints prosecutor, ends Best deadlock
    Express News Service, August 17, 2004
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 16: The Narendra Modi government today suffered the ignominy of being directed by the Supreme Court to replace its prosecutor in the Best Bakery case with a lawyer suggested by riot victims.

  • SC hints at sacking Gujarat prosecutor
    Express News Service, August 10, 2004
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9: In another setback to the Narendra Modi Government, the Supreme Court today pulled up the Gujarat Government’s prosecutor in the Best Bakery case and hinted that he may be replaced by one suggested by the Best Bakery victims.

  • India bans film on anti-Muslim bloodshed, 07 August, 2004
    New Delhi: India has banned an internationally acclaimed film documenting bloody anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in the Hindu nationalist-ruled state of Gujarat, the director said Saturday.

    Rakesh Sharma said the censor board told him it would not issue a certificate for public screening of his three-hour documentary, The Final Solution, because the film could incite fresh religious tension.

  • Gujarat riots: Communal situation unprecedented in 2002
    Press Trust of India, August 3, 2004
    A senior official of Gujarat police said on Tuesday that communal situation in the city on February 27 and 28, 2002 was unprecedented, even as he failed to clearly explain why policemen could not prevent complete destruction of over 12 restaurants and 30 religious places of minorities despite `adequate security arrangements'.

  • Senior Gujarat cop tells Godhra panel he did not read FIR
    Press Trust of India, August 2, 2004
    Lapses in basic duties of senior officials came to light when a senior Gujarat police officer, who was cross-examined before the two-man post-Godhra riot inquiry panel on Monday said that he had not read the first information report of the Naroda-Patiya, Gulberg Society and Naroda Gaam massacres till some time back.

  • SC rejects bail plea of Shashikant
    (PTI) / The Hindu, August, 2, 2004
    The Supreme Court today rejected the bail plea of Shashikant, a key accused in the case pertaining to massacre of scores of people at Naroda Patiya during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

  • Adjournment of cross-examinations in riot probe sought
    Times News Network, July 27, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Monday sought to adjourn the proceedings of the Nanavati-Shah commission probing the Godhra and post-Godhra riots, on the grounds that the new terms of reference and expansion of scope of the commission required a new schedule.

  • Gujarat govt extends Godhra Commission's scope of inquiry, July 21, 2004
    Gujarat government has extended the scope of inquiry of the Commission probing the Godhra train carnage and its aftermath following which it can interrogate the then Chief Minister, ministers and top police officials.

  • Best retrial waits again, court leaves it to SC
    Express News Service, July 20, 2004
    MUMBAI, JULY 19: The Best Bakery retrial has been put off again. The special court today adjourned the hearing in the case to August 9, preferring to wait for the Supreme Court to resolve the issue of appointing a public prosecutor.

  • Stop this Gujarat-baiting
    M V Kamath, Guest Article,, July 19, 2004
    Addressing a joint session of Parliament, President A P J Abdul Kalam added his name to the long list of leaders who have set their heart to damn Gujarat. They must be told that enough is enough. By attacking Gujarat and its Chief Minister Narendra Modi they are merely keeping alive the flame of communal hatred - and to no purpose.

  • Film revisits Sikh massacre, Gujarat riots
    By Hindol Sengupta, IANS, Friday, 16 July , 2004
    New Delhi: With empathy and sweeping camera flow, a new film has used the national ghosts of the 1984 massacre of Sikhs to reflect on the Gujarat riots of two years ago.

    Called Kaya Taran, the film is an adaptation of a Malayalam short story by N.S. Madhavan When Big Trees Fall and was screened at the capital's Siri Fort Auditorium Thursday night.

  • Protest in Gujarat over fresh Godhra probe, July 15, 2004
    Survivors of the Godhra train burning and relatives of its victims Thursday staged a demonstration here to protest Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's fresh probe into the 2002 incident that sparked sectarian violence in Gujarat.

  • Laloo orders his probe into Godhra
    Express News Service, July 15, 2004
    NEW DELHI, JULY 14: Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav on Wednesday ordered a high-powered departmental inquiry into the Godhra incident, a step that he has been threatening to take ever since the Opposition launched the “tainted ministers” campaign against him.

  • Gujarat no blot on India's record: UN
    Rashmee Z Ahmed, Times News Network, July 14, 2004
    LONDON: India stands out in the UN's newest Human Development Report "as a country that has bravely embraced cultural diversity" and its record is not tarred by the Gujarat violence, the report's lead author Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has exclusively told TNN.

  • SC notice to Gujarat on suppression of facts on riot accused bail
    PTI, July 12, 2004
    The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Gujarat Government on an application alleging that it had suppressed facts pertaining to grant of bail to the accused in various post-Godhra riot cases.

  • Gujarat activist heads for world forum
    IANS, July 07, 2004
    Ahmedabad: A rights activist from Gujarat - the scene of bloody sectarian violence two years ago - has been invited to speak on religious fundamentalism at an international meet in Spain.

    Father Cedric Prakash, the director of Prashant, a centre for human rights, justice and peace, has been invited to the 2004 Parliament of World Religions to be held in Barcelona July 7-13.

  • Modi govt's role may come under scanner
    Mahendra Ved, Times News Network, July 07, 2004
    NEW DELHI: The new probe into post-Godhra riots, to be instituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act and conducted probably by a retired Supreme Court judge, would look into allegations that the state government wilfully failed to stop the riots sparked by the Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002.

  • Official fails to attend hearing on Gujarat violence / IANS, July 06, 2004
    NEW Citing illness, a police official failed to turn up here Tuesday before a commission investigating Gujarat's 2002 sectarian violence.

  • Singhal justifies Gujarat riots
    PTI /, July 3, 2004
    Rejecting former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's contention that the NDA's poll debacle was due to the Gujarat riots, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad today gave a clean chit to Narenda Modi by justifying the violence in the state following the Godhra carnage saying it "had the blessings of Lord Rama".

  • VHP furious as holy bikinis hit Godhra streets
    ANI, Friday July 2 2004
    GODHRA: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday protested in Godhra town against lingerie emblazoned with Hindu deities. The lingerie, which inspired various international designers in UK and US, had already met with massive protests from Hindu groups on displaying their culture in derogatory and bad taste.

  • Anomalies emerge in Godhra case, June 30, 2004
    Ahmedabad, June 30. (PTI): Several anomalies in the probe of the Godhra train carnage today emerged during the deposition of K C Bawa, the retired Gujarat Railway police official who investigated the case initially, before the two-man riot inquiry panel.

  • Best Bakery retrial adjourned to July 17
    IANS, June 21, 2004
    MUMBAI: The retrial in the Best Bakery case relating to the killing of 14 people during the 2002 Gujarat communal carnage was on Monday adjourned to July 17 after a wrangle over the appointment of a public prosecutor.

  • 200 witnesses of Gujarat riots provided CISF security
    By IndiaExpress Bureau, June 13, 2004
    In pursuance of the Supreme Court directive, the central government has provided CISF security cover to 200 witnesses of Gujarat riot cases and the lawyer fighting for justice to victims of the communal violence.

  • ’84 riots, Gujarat should never happen again: Manmohan Singh
    Kavita Chowdhury, The Indian Express, June 13, 2004
    Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 13: For this old gentleman walking is difficult. But he insists on going down to the gurdwara tank. He also doesn’t quite agree with the views of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, on Saturday morning.

  • Gujarat One Of The Reasons For BJP’s Defeat, Says Vajpayee
    Financial Express, June 12, 2004
    Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday admitted for the first time that Gujarat riots were one of the reasons for BJP’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

  • CID questions Gujarat human rights activist
    Express News Service, Gandhinagar, June 10, 2004
    Human rights activist Father Cedric Prakash of Prashant, a prominent Ahmedabad-based NGO, was questioned for about 90 minutes by the CID today, in connection with his recent visit to the Sabarmati jail where POTA detainees are lodged.

  • Retrial delayed for Best Bakery- Gujarat case, 11 June, 2004
    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The new trial on the Best Bakery case, expected to take place June 7th , has been adjourned until June 21st. Judge A. Thipsay in fact accepted the request of the Maharashtra and of the Gujarat governments for more time to name the public prosecutor.

  • Retrial begins, both states want to play the prosecution
    Express News Service, Zaheera Sheikh Mumbai/Vadodara, June 7, 2004
    With the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments at odds over the appointment of a public prosecutor for the Best Bakery retrial, a Mumbai sessions judge today adjourned hearing until June 21 to grant the two administrations enough time to resolve the issue.

  • Gujarat treads on toes in Best retrialAdd to Clippings
    Times News Network, June 07, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: Even as the issue of whether it was the job of the Gujarat or the Maharashtra government to appoint a public prosecutor in the Best Bakery case remained unresolved, the Gujarat government on Monday went ahead and unilaterally appointed Vadodara-based lawyer Atul Mehta public prosecutor in the case.

  • Overseas pals come to Modi's rescue
    IANS, June 06, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: Beleaguered Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has found support from at least one quarter—-an influential overseas group. The US-based Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP) has written to senior party leaders “to stop the political game of blaming the efficient and capable Narendra Modi” for the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

  • Pota sounds benign compared to Modi's Gujcoc
    Leena Misra, Times News Network, June 05, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: There may be many a slip before the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (Gujcoc) (Amended) Bill, 2003, passed in the State Assembly on Wednesday, becomes an Act, especially with the new government at the Centre promising to repeal Pota.

  • Gujarat gets new anti-terror law, June 3, 2004
    The state assembly passed the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill (GUJCOC) on Wednesday, after deletion of certain clauses, amidst a noisy walkout by Congress members who raised some 'technical' objections against its introduction.

  • Gujarat govt against POTA repeal, June 01, 2004
    The Gujarat government Monday opposed the Centre's proposal to repeal the Prevention Of Terrorist Activities Act, saying it could lead to a surge in terrorsm in the country.

    "The step could open the floodgates for terrorist activities," Law Minister Ashok Bhatt told reporters.

  • Modi, time to pack up: Can’t you hear what voters have said?
    Editorial, The Indian Express, May 29, 2004
    Can’t you hear what voters have said? What courts have said? What your colleagues say?

    By every possible measure, Narendra Modi’s continuance in office has become unfeasible, untenable, indefensible. In terms of rajdharma, in terms of justice, in terms of morality and now — after over 60 of his MLAs have come out against him — in terms of plain party politics.

  • NDA gone, CISF in, Gujarat riot victims feel better now
    IANS, May 29, 2004
    They are still bitter, but feeling much better.

    Survivors of the Gujarat communal violence say they are very happy over the ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in New Delhi and its replacement with a Congress-led coalition.

  • Mumbai special court set up for Best Bakery retrial
    IANS, May 27, 2004
    The stage is set for the retrial of what is known as the Best Bakery case following a Supreme Court order to shift the trial outside Gujarat.

    The apex court had ordered the Bombay High Court to set up a special court to retry the 21 accused in the case who were acquitted by a fast track court in Gujarat after the witnesses in the case turned hostile.

  • Repeal POTA, ensure justice to Gujarat victims, Amnesty tells Govt.
    PTI, May 26, 2004
    Alleging that "grave violations" of human rights had taken place in India under the POTA regime, Amnesty International today asked the new Government at the Centre to repeal the Act and ensure that "justice was done" to victims of the Gujarat riots.

  • Future of Hindu hardliner in question
    AFP, May 26, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: With India 's Hindu nationalist government ousted from New Delhi , the future of its poster boy Narendra Modi, who governed the western state of Gujarat during deadly religious riots two years ago, now hangs in the balance.

  • CISF deployed to protect post-Godhra riot victims
    PTI, May 25, 2004
    Close on the heels of a Central delegation visiting Gujarat to survey security arrangements for riot victims, a team of 100 CISF personnel has been deployed strategically in violence-affected districts, top police sources said here today.

  • Vaghela to press for white paper on Gujarat riots
    webindia123, May 25, 2004
    Shankar Singh Vaghela, newly appointed Minister in the Congress-led government at the Centre, said on Tuesday, his party would demand a white paper on the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

  • BJP rules out any Modification in Gujarat
    Times News Network, May 25, 2004
    The BJP on Monday ruled out a change of leadership in Gujarat, in the wake of the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections and rising criticism against chief minister Narendra Modi from within the Sangh Parivar.

  • Activists echo PM’s concerns on Gujarat judiciary
    Pradeep Kaushal, New Delhi, May 24, 2004
    The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s remarks that Gujarat’s judicial system was a matter of concern has found echo in the state with rights activists agreeing with him.

  • After defeat, BJP looks to rein in Modi
    Navhindtimes, May 24, 2004
    The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s remarks that Gujarat’s judicial system was a matter of concern has found echo in the state with rights activists agreeing with him.

  • Thackeray Jr breaks Sangh’s silence: Gujarat cost us dear
    Express News Service, May 21, 2004
    Speaking to The Indian Express at Bal Thackeray’s Matoshree office, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said apart from the policies of the Vajpayee-led government, it was the ‘‘Gujarat factor’’ that played a key role, ‘‘distancing the minority community and others from the Sena-BJP combine.’’

  • Manmohan concerned over functioning of Gujarat judiciary
    PTI, May 20, 2004
    Prime Minister designate Manmohan Singh, today expressed concern over the functioning of the "judicial system" in Gujarat but parried a question if his Government would impose President's rule in the BJP-ruled State.

  • Lawyers, judges train guns at SC as Modi aides applaud
    Times News Network, May 17, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: In an audacious attack on the highest court in the country, a panel of senior lawyers and a former high court judge sharply criticised the Supreme Court's decision to transfer the Best Bakery massacre case out of Gujarat at a meet here on Sunday.

  • Legal fraternity flays order on Best Bakery
    Express News Service, Ahmedabad, May 16, 2004
    Terming the SC’s decision in transferring the trial in Best Bakery case to Mumbai, as ‘‘emotional rather than judicial’’, A V Bhasin, Mumbai-based SC advocate, said SC had succumbed to media trial and pressure in transferring the case outside Gujarat.

  • Another deserved rap
    Editorial, The Indian Express, May 10, 2004
    The Gujarat government gets more reminders that there’s no compromising with just

    Last week was not a particularly happy one for the Gujarat government. It received two rather rude reminders that there can be no compromising with the principles of justice.

    That if the state fails in its duty to protect the lives and interests of its citizens, the courts would have no option but to step in the breach.

  • SC rejects Gujarat govt plea over Best Bakery retrial
    Malayalam Manorama, May 7, 2004
    NEW New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said a firm no to a plea of the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat to modify its earlier order directing retrial in the Best Bakery case in Maharashtra under the supervision of the Bombay High Court.

  • Narendra Modi govt is arrogant
    IANS, May 07, 2004
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court again came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, calling it “arrogant” for seeking a modification of its order transferring a case relating to killings in a bakery to a special court in Maharashtra.

  • Gujarat court summons Modi
    PTI, Thursday, MAY 06, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: A local court in Gujarat on Thursday issued notices to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 13 others to file replies by June 24 in a compensation suit filed in connection with the death of two foreigners during the post-Godhra communal riots. (Additional information about this case is available here.)

  • SC reserves order on transfer of case
    PTI, Thursday, MAY 06, 2004
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on maintainability of application filed by Gujarat Government and accused in the Best Bakery case seeking review of an earlier judgement direction transfer of the riot case trial to be shifted to a Maharashtra court.

  • List of areas needing protection in Gujarat by Friday: Centre
    IANS, May 5, 2004
    The central government Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it would specify Friday the areas and colonies in Gujarat, affected by sectarian riots in 2002, that could be given protection by troopers.

  • Justice Khare's remarks irk Gujarat CM
    Times News Network, May 03, 2004
    LUCKNOW : Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi reacted sharply when his attention was drawn to Justice VN Khare's critical remarks about Gujarat government.

  • Gujarat experiment would not be repeated in LS polls: Modi
    UNI, May 3, 2004
    Apparently softening his stand on Hindutva, BJP hardliner and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today claimed that the ''Gujarat experiment'' would not be tested in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

  • Mellowed Modi seeks Muslim votes
    Press Trust of India, May 3, 2004
    In the midst of electioneering in Uttar Pradesh with a substantial presence of Muslims, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP's leading Hindutva mascot, on Monday presented a mellowed image avoiding and said he would seek the support of 100 crore Indians and not of any particular section of the society.

  • Modi lashes out at elite for maligning Gujarat's image, May 2, 2004
    May 1 Chief Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at the English-speaking elite, saying that they were maligning the image of the state.

    ''A group of educated, English-speaking people living in Gujarat are out to malign the image of the state,'' Mr Modi said while addressing a gathering at the Gujarat Foundation Day.

  • I'm pained over Gujarat: Chief Justice of India
    Press Trust of India, May 1, 2004
    New Delhi, May 1: In a stinging attack, Chief Justice of India V.N. Khare on Saturday said that the Supreme Court stepped in to protect the victims and witnesses in the post-Godhra riot cases, as there was "complete collusion" between the accused and prosecution in Gujarat.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister to face Genocide, Torture and Crimes against Humanity charges from Dawood family
    Press Release, April 30, 2004
    Mr Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister for the Indian State of Gujarat and thirteen other individuals including senior high ranking government officials and police officers are now facing serious charges of Genocide, Torture and Crimes against Humanity.

  • Gujarat riots: Central team to submit report
    NDTV Correspondent, April 29, 2004 (Ahmedabad)
    A high-power central team, visiting the riot-affected areas of Gujarat, is to recommend protection for some riot victims and key witnesses in riot cases.

    A report to this effect would be submitted to the Union Home Ministry tomorrow in which some of the key witnesses in nine riot cases would be recommended for CRPF security cover. But in certain cases, the team was satisfied with the security cover provided by the local police.

  • Riots in Gujarat haunt BJP in Bihar
    IANS, April 29, 2004
    PATNA : It is time to be accountable again, much to central minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain’s discomfiture, as he fields grim questions on why he did not protest when Muslims were killed in Gujarat two years ago.

  • Central Team in Gujarat to ascertain security to riot witnesses
    By IndiaExpress Bureau, 28th Apr 2004
    A three-member Central team, led by joint director of Intelligence Bureau Yashowardhan Azad, is currently on a visit to Gujarat to "ascertain the level of security" being provided to the witnesses of post-Godhra riot cases, as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

  • Gujarat riot witnesses to get CRPF cover
    NavHind India Times, April 28, 2004
    PTI Ahmedabad April 28: The government would provide Central Reserve Police Force security cover to some of the key witnesses in Gujarat riot cases including the Bilkis Yakub Rasool gang rape-cum-massacre case.

  • Human rights activist calls for retrial in Godhra case, April 26, 2004
    Kozhikode, Apr 26 (UNI) Hailing the Supreme Court verdict on the Best Bakery case, eminent human rights activist Teesta Setalvad today called for similar retrial outside Gujarat in Godhra and five other communal carnage cases.

  • Mumbai hails SC judgement
    Activists to ask that Best Bakery case be heard in Mumbai
    IT was a historic judgement
    Express News Service, April 25, 2004

    That was the unanimous opinion of those who attended a public meeting to express support for the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the Best Bakery case.

  • We will not allow another Gujarat to happen anywhere else: Vajpayee
    PTI, April 22, 2004
    Kishanganj (Bihar), April 22: Reaching out to the Muslim community, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Thursday lamented the communal riots in Gujarat that left hundreds of people dead and many more affected and urged the people to take a resolve not to allow repeat of such incidents.

  • Gujarat govt opposes Best transfer
    Times News Network, April 22, 2004
    NEW DELHI: The Gujarat government on Wednesday questioned the Supreme Court's order transferring the Best Bakery case to a Maharashtra court for retrial.

  • Twenty charged over Gujarat riots
    BBC News online, 19 April, 2004
    India's Central Bureau of Investigation has charged 20 people over the alleged gang rape and murder of Muslims in an incident during 2002's Gujarat riots.

  • Gujarat's riot zone holds the election key
    Bharat Desai, Times News Network, April 17, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: The riot zone of Gujarat, comprising areas of Central and North Gujarat which erupted after the Godhra incident on February 27, 2002, and gave rich dividends to the ruling BJP in the assembly elections held in December that year, may hold the key to the Lok Sabha elections due in the state on April 20.

  • 'Does the Constitution not apply to Gujarat?'
    The Rediff Interview/Teesta Setalvad, April 15, 2004
    Setalvad spoke to Senior Assistant Editor Syed Firdaus Ashraf about what she has encountered since she started pursuing the Gujarat riot cases.

  • India: Protect Witnesses in Gujarat, Conduct Investigations
    Human Rights Watch Press Release, April 14, 2004
    The Indian government should promptly implement the Supreme Court's order to create an effective witness-protection program and conduct impartial investigations to determine who was responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Human Rights Watch said today. Lawyers and human rights activists involved in prosecutions should also receive government protection.

  • Bakery case: Apex court slammed judge earlier
    Human Rights Watch Press Release, April 14, 2004
    In the Best Bakery case, the SC had observed Justices Shethna and Vora had miserably failed to maintain required judicial balance and sobriety in making unwarranted references to personalities and their legitimate move before competent court. The SC said this while expunging irresponsible remarks passed by this Bench against human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, key witness Zahira Sheikh and even the National Human Rights Commission, while acquitting 12 accused in the case, in which 13 persons were burnt to death. Holding out no faith in the criminal justice system in Gujarat, the apex court had transferred the case to Maharashtra.

  • Gujarat parties feel Best to keep mum
    Times News Network, April 14, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: With just a week to go before Gujarat goes to polls, the silence in the political arena over the Supreme Court’s order, transferring the Best Bakery case to Maharashtra for a retrial, has been deafening.


  • Exodus of more cases from Gujarat?
    Times News Network, April 12, 2004
    Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar: While Narendra Modi was seen on national TV pushing away reporters who wanted his reaction on the Supreme Court's decision to transfer the Best Bakery trial to Maharashtra, there was apprehension in the Sachivalaya that this might be the beginning of an exodus of riot cases.

  • Modi pushes scribes seeking reaction on Best Bakery
    PTI, April 12, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: A journalist in Gujarat on Monday alleged that he was "pushed roughly" by Chief Minister Narendra Modi when scribes sought his reaction to the Supreme Court's decision ordering retrial and fresh probe into the Best Bakery case.

  • Fresh trial for Gujarat riot case
    BBC News Online, April 12, 2004
    India's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial of a riot case in which 12 Muslims were burned to death by a Hindu mob two years ago in Gujarat state.

    The new trial will now take place in the state of Maharashtra.

  • Setalvad welcomes SC judgement in Best Bakery case
    PTI, April 12, 2004
    AHMEDABAD: Social activist Teesta Setalvad, who brought the Best Bakery case of the post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat before the Supreme Court on Monday welcomed the apex court's judgement.

    Talking to mediapersons here, Setalvad said she was very happy that the Supreme Court had shifted the trial outside Gujarat and ordered re-investigation apart from quashing the acquittal of 21 accused.

  • For Gujarat's tribals, Modi is here to stay
    Bharat Desai, Times News Network, April 12, 2004
    Vadodara: Of the 95 Muslim families in Panwad village (about 80 km south of here), who were attacked by a mob of tribals during the riots two years back, about 30 have still not returned.

  • Indian Muslims and Lok Sabha elections
    By Asghar Ali Engineer, Published in the 16-31 Mar 2004 print edition of Milligazette
    Thus in coming Lok Sabha election too secularism will remain prime consideration for the Muslims throughout India. Whatever Vajpayee says, it is hardly going to influence them because they know that BJP is controlled in final reckoning by the RSS and Vajpayee also has the RSS soul in him and he is atal (firm) on that whatever moderation he displays for his acceptability as the NDA leader. This is the gut feeling of any Muslim anywhere in India.

  • Tough call: rioters or onlookers
    Basant Rawat, Ahmedabad, Telegraph, April 9, 2004
    Rais Khan Pathan does not have a problem helping and healing riot victims, no matter how bad the wounds are. But ask him which party you should vote, and he would be caught between the devil and the deep sea.

  • Moditva gone, Hindutva stays in tribal Gujarat
    Bharat Desai, Times News Network, April 09, 2004
    (Jaipur) -- At the assembly elections, the BJP swept almost all the tribal seats. The riot-affected belt showed more impact of the politics of hate, or ‘Moditva’ as someone then suggested, rather than plain Hindutva.

  • Interview: Arif Mohammad Khan - “I will create goodwill with Sangh Parivar”
    Published in the 16-31 Mar 2004 print edition of Milligazette
    Former Congressman Arif Mohammad Khan is once again in the news. This time for joining hands with the Sangh Parivar against the wishes of a large section of his community.

  • BJP regrets Gujarat riots, says Hindu-Muslim ties at their best, April 03, 2004
    (Jaipur) -- Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani on Saturday said relations between Hindus and Muslims were at their best during his government's regime.

    Regretting the 2002 riots in Gujarat, one of the worst ever in the nation, Advani said the incident was avoidable.

  • Gujarat riots: Reply on transfer cases sought
    PTI, April 2, 2004
    The Supreme Court today asked the Gujarat Government to respond within two weeks to the suggestions that infamous riot cases be transferred outside the State, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be constituted to look into other riot cases and a Committee be set up to look into the compensation awarded to riot victims.

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