While Narendra Damodardas Modi uses the thin line between a “notice” and a “summons” to put a spin on his non-appearance before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Gujarat pogrom—and typically points a finger at those trying to hurt Gujarati asmita—the advocate Mukul Sinha reminds the nation of the Gujarat chief minister’s continued (and successful) attempts at dodging the long arm of the law.
“Since 2004, I have [as advocate for the Jansangharsh Manch] filed several petitions before the Nanavati Commission that Modi be summoned before the commission, whose terms of reference clearly include examining the role played by the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues. We are in 2010. Modi has used every trick in the book to stall a personal appearance.”
Coincidentally, the Gujarat high court yesterday asked the commission to clarify if its decision to not summon Modi was a tentative one or a final decision.
Meanwhile, lest we forget, Gujarat former intelligence chief R.B. Sreekumar jogs everybody’s memory on what happened on 27 February 2002, after the Sabarmati Express was torched.
“Sixty per cent of the killings took place in Ahmedabad, yet no curfew was imposed there till the 28th of February, 2002. On the 27th, the CM called a meeting at his residence. The chief secretary, home secretary, the DGP were all there and he [Modi] said: ‘Bhaiyon, samjho, hinduon ka gussa teen din mein utrega. Beech mein aana nahi. In logon ko kaam karne do.”
Cartoon: courtesy E.P. Unny/ The Indian Express