CJP welcomes Gujarat HC decision to admit Victim Witnesses Appeal

02, May 2012


May 2, 2012


CJP welcomes Gujarat HC decision to admit Victim Witnesses Appeal


The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) welcomes the decision of
the Gujarat High Court to admit specifically the appeal filed by
Victim Witnesses of the Sardarpura massacre in addition to the
appeals filed by the state and the Special Investigation Team (SIT)
last week. In fact the appeals filed by victim witnesses and
supported by the CJP were filed first and only after these came up
for hearing did the state of Gujarat and the SIT file their separate


The CJP had argued through our counsel Advocate Mihir Desai that the
rights of witnesses under Section 24(8)(2) of the Code of Criminal
procedure is explicit recognizing their independent place in a
criminal trial. Not only that given the specific history of this
litigation where it was on the plea of CJP and victim witnesses that
the investigation was transferred from the Gujarat police to the
SIT, the rights of the victim witnesses could not be taken away.


In the appeal filed by us in February 2012 apart from making a case
out against some of the accused, a strong argument has been laid out
against the dismissal of charges under Section 120-B and Section 149
of the Indian Penal Code. As the annexure below suggests, the
Conspiracy angle was made out in the evidence laid out before the
Court. Attached is a detailed note on the Special Status of Victim
and Legal Rights Groups given through this litigation.

Teesta Setalvad, Secretary


I.M. Kadri                                  Arvind Krishnaswamy
Javed Akhtar

Cyrus Guzder                            Alyque Padamsee
Anil Dharker

Nandan Maluste                        Javed Anand
Cedric Prakash

Ghulam Pesh Imam





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