19, Sep 2016
ITEM NO.3 COURT NO.1 SECTION PIL(W)
S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
Writ Petition(s)(Criminal) No(s). 109/2003
NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION Petitioner(s)
STATE OF GUJARAT & ORS. Respondent(s)
(office report for direction)
Date : 19/09/2016 This petition was called on for hearing today.
HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE A.M. KHANWILKAR
Amicus Curiae Mr. Harish N. Salve, Sr.Adv.
For the appearing parties :-
Ms. Aparna Bhat, Adv.
Ms. Joshita Pai, Adv.
Ms. Anitha Shenoy,Adv.
Dr. Nafis A. Siddiqui,Adv.
State of Arunachal Mr. Anil Shrivastav,Adv.
Pradesh Mr. Rituraj Biswas, Adv.
Mr. Ansar Ahmad Chaudhary,Adv.
Mr. Bhargava V. Desai (ACAOR),Adv.
Mr. Bimal Roy Jad,Adv.
State of Mr. C. D. Singh,Adv.
Chhattisgarh Ms. Sakshi Kakkar, Adv.
Mr. Sandeepan Pathak, Adv.
Mrs. Pinky Anand, ASG
Mr. S. Wasim A. Qadri, Adv.
Ms. Ranjana Narayan, Adv.
Mr. Wasim A. Qadri, Adv.
Mr. B.K. Prasd, Adv.
Ms. Saudamini Sharma, Adv.
Mr. Amlesh, Adv.
Mr. D. S. Mahra,Adv.
UT of Andaman & Ms. Pinky Anand, ASG
Nicobar Mr. Atulesh Kumar, Adv.
Mr. Raj Bahadur Yadav, Adv.
Mr. K.V. Jagdishvaran, Adv.
Mrs. G. Indira,Adv.
State of Jharkhand Mr. Jayesh Gaurav, Adv.
Mr. Gopal Prasad,Adv.
State of Tripura Mr. Gopal Singh,Adv.
Mr. Rituraj Biswas, Adv.
Ms. Varsha Poddar, Adv.
State of Bihar Mr. Gopal Sigh, Adv.
Mr. Aditya Raina, Adv.
Mr. Advitya Awasthi, Adv.
Mr. Gunnam Venkateswara Rao,Adv.
Mr. K. R. Sasiprabhu,Adv.
State of Punjab Mr. Jayant K. Sud, Addl.A.G.,Pb.
Ms. Jasleen Chahal, Asst.A.G.,Pb.
Mr. Kuldip Singh,Adv.
Mr. Mukesh K. Giri,Adv.
Mr. Naresh K. Sharma,Adv.
Mr. P. V. Dinesh,Adv.
Mr. Radha Shyam Jena,Adv.
State of Meghalaya Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee,Adv.
Mr. K.V. Kharlyngdoh, Adv.
State of U.P. Mr. Rajeev Dubey, Adv.
Mr. Ravi Prakash Mehrotra,Adv.
Mr. R. Sathish,Adv.
Mr. Sibo Sankar Mishra,Adv.
Mr. Franklin Caesar Thomas,Adv.
Mr. Chand Qureshi, Adv.
Mr. M.P. Siddiqui, Adv.
Mr. Tara Chandra Sharma,Adv.
Govt.of Mr. V. G. Pragasam,Adv.
Puducherry Mr. Prabu Ramasubramanian, Adv.
Mr. V. N. Raghupathy,Adv.
State of Sikkim Ms. Aruna Mathur, Adv.
Mr. Yusuf Khan, Adv.
Mr. Avneesh Arputham, Adv.
Ms. Anuradha Arputham, Adv.
For M/s Arputham,Aruna & Co.,Adv.
M/s Corporate Law Group,Adv.
State of Gujarat Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG
Ms. Hemantika Wahi,Adv.
Ms. Puja Singh, Adv.
Mr. Devang Vyas, Adv.
Ms. Liz Mathew,Adv.
Ms. Sushma Suri,Adv.
Mr. Sarfraz Ahmed siddiqui, Adv.
Ms. Satya Siddiqui, Adv.
Mr. Raj Bahadur, Adv.
State of Nagaland Mr. Edward Belho, AAG
Ms. K. Enatoli Sema, Adv.
Mr. Amit Kumar Singh, Adv.
Mr.K. Luikang Michael, Adv.
Mr. Elix Gangmei, Adv.
State of Kerala Mr. C.K. Sasi, Adv.
Mr. Manukrishnan, Adv.
State of Assam Mr. Shuvodeep Roy, Adv.
Mr. Debojit, Adv.
State of Mr. Nishant Katneshwarkar, Adv.
Maharashtra Mr. Arpit Rai, Adv.
State of H.P. Mr. Suryanarayana Singh, Sr.AAG
Ms. Pragati Neekhra, Adv.
UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R
Mr. Harish N. Salve, learned Amicus Curiae points out
that out of nine trials, 8 cases have already been finally
disposed of by the Trial Court. A large number of accused have been convicted, who have, in turn, filed appeals in the High Court, which are pending. According to the learned counsel, trial is still going on in one case, in which the Investigating Officer is being cross examined.
Mr. Salve submits that the defence proposes to examine
as many as 300 witnesses which may take some time to conclude.
The Chairman of the Special Investigation Team, who is
present in person, submits that given six months time, the trial in the last of the cases should also conclude.
In the circumstances, we direct the Principal Judge,
City Civil & Sessions Court, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat before whom the trial is pending, to make an endeavor to conclude the same as expeditiously as possible, preferably within six months from today and also expedite the conclusion of the trial relating to Naroda Gram incident, as far as possible, preferably within six months from today.
[VEENA KHERA] [SUKHBIR PAUL KAUR]
COURT MASTER A.R.-CUM-P.S.