New Delhi: The five-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe major cases in the Gujarat 2002 riots has been formed as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Former CBI director R K Raghavan will be the chairman of this investigation team. Gujarat IPS officer Geeta Johri, who is leading the investigation of the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, is the convener.
The team has been given powers to gather additional evidence and look into any other aspect it deems important. The cases listed for re-investigation include the Gulberg society, Naroda Patia and Sardarpur massacres.
A Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftav Alam described rioters as more dangerous and worse than terrorists. The apex court directed the SIT to submit its report within three months.
The court added Himmat Nagar case to the list of 10 cases, which include Gulburg Society case in which former Congress MP Ahsan Jafry and his familly members were burnt to death by the rioters.
For the first time, the Supreme Court lauded the attitude of Gujarat government headed by Narendra Modi describing as positive its support for setting up of the SIT that was mooted by the court.
Gujarat police has closed 2,000 such cases, which were reopened by the Supreme Court.