Gulberg riot case: Two special public prosecutors resign


Trial court was to examine witnesses in the case on Tuesday

In a significant development, the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case, R K Shah, and his assistant, Nayana Bhatt, have tendered their resignation before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Shah announced the resignations while passing a 'purshish' in the special trial court on Tuesday.

The trial court stated that it would be in the interest of justice that Shah continued as the SPP and asked him to remain present before the court on March 8 to proceed with the case further. Meanwhile, SIT Chairman R K Raghvan, Shah and Nayana Bhatt have observed silence over the issue.

The trial is on in the special trial court in Ahmedabad and the court was to examine certain witnesses in the case on Tuesday. However, not remaining present before the court, Shah had got the 'purshish' produced before the court saying that the proceedings be adjourned since he has tendered his resignation before the SIT.

Shah did not cite any reason for his resignation as SPP in the purshish.

To this, the trial judge passed a nine-page elaborate order and observed that it is required for Shah to remain as SPP to make sure that nobody's case gets prejudiced in the trial since 90 per cent of the witnesses have already been examined and cross-examined in the case so far. The trial court has also elaborated how it has been flexible and lenient with the prosecution throughout the trial. Asking Shah to remain present on March 8, the trial court adjourned the deposition of the witnesses till then.

When contacted, SIT Chairman R K Raghavan refused to comment whether SIT has accepted or rejected the resignations.

"It will not be proper for me to comment anything on the issue. The court has passed some order today. So, just wait and till then no comments," he said.

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