SC to Hear Contempt Petition against Modi Next Week

Accepting a contempt petition against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court has decided to take it up for hearing next week. The petition refers to the Modi’s remarks in connection with the probe ordered against him and others in post-Godhra riots.

The petition was mentioned before a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan which decided to hear it next week.

Prashant Bhushan,, an advocate, who has been assisting the Court as amicus curiae in the matter of Jakia Nasim, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, filed the petition. Jakia had blamed the Gujarat government for not entertaining her complaint relating to Jafri, who was killed in the 2002 riots.

The contempt petition alleged that Modi had remarked that the probe against him ordered by the Supreme Court was an outcome of a conspiracy involving Congress and Kapil Sibal.

The advocate also referred to a subsequent advertisement which had claimed that efforts were on to send Modi to jail. The same advertisement had claimed that a clean chit will be given to Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

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