For the record, the Supreme Court acted exactly as the National Human Rights Commission asked it to in many cases on this issue since 2003. The then NHRC chief, Justice A.S.Anand was a recently retired Chief Justice of India. The present sitting Supreme Court judges were all his personal friends. Justice V.N.Khare, Justice Arijit Pasayat and others were all his erstwhile colleagues. And Justice V.N.Khare and the other judges passed exactly the same orders which the NHRC wanted them to pass.
There is an Aesop’s Fable: A lion and a fox conspired to eat a donkey. The lion was appointed judge and the fox spoke against the donkey. The donkey then began to speak in his defense, but even without hearing what he had to say, the lion declared him guilty and killed him, and the fox and the lion then ate the donkey.
The then Chief Justice of India, Justice V.N.Khare was an Indira Gandhi-appointed judge (of the Allahabad High Court on 25 June 1983). As an Advocate in 1975, Khare and his uncle, S. C. Khare, represented Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, in her famous case against Raj Narain, alleging electoral malpractices. He was responsible for advocating the case that got the order of the High Court stayed until an appeal could be filed in the Supreme Court. The adverse and ambiguous decision of the Supreme Court led to the imposition of Emergency in India for a period of 19 months, the only suspension of democracy in India since 1947. When he retired he said, “I found there was complete collusion between the accused and the prosecution in Gujarat, throwing rule of law to the winds. The Supreme Court had to step in to break the collusion to ensure protection to the victims and the witnesses. I was anguished and pained by the turn of events during the trial of the riot cases but was determined to salvage the criminal justice delivery system.”
After his retirement Justice Khare openly revealed his opinion against the Gujarat Government. Let it be reminded here that on 26 December 2003 the Gujarat High Court ruled that the acquittal of all 21 people in the Best Bakery case by the trial court on 27 June 2003 was right. It asked why it took Zaheera Sheikh 1 month and 8 days after her statement in court on 17 May 2003 to change her statement that all accused are innocent? Also, she said in an interview to Aaj Tak in early July 2003 :“Hame jaan ki parvah nahi hein kya? (Will we not care for our lives?)” which was enough to know that she was tutored to talk like this. A person truly scared for his life would never talk as openly as candidly as Zaheera did on Aaj Tak.
We had many retired Supreme Court judges openly howling against Narendra Modi, many of whom, like Justice (Retd) Krishna Iyer said that Narendra Modi should be prosecuted for murder. When such judges pass such horrible comments post-retirement (going purely on media reports and not objectively listening to the other side) one wonders what they must have done while they were sitting judges, using armour ‘contempt of court’? The Concerned Citizens Tribunal gave a report after its study in April 2002 in which it held the Gujarat Government culpable and it also made a fool of itself by trying to absolve Muslims of the crime of Godhra, by saying that the fire was ‘set from inside’ and ruled out that any mob torched the train. This CTC team had many retired Judges. What impartiality can one expect from judges with such ideological leanings, that they can go to the extent of whitewashing Muslims’ sin in Godhra, and defending the indefensible and inhuman barbaric roasting of 59 men, women and children? Justice H Suresh, a retired Bombay High Court judge, Justice P B Sawant, a former Supreme Court judge, Justice Lone (Retd) were members of this tribunal and Justice VR Krishna Iyer (Retd), former Supreme Court judge was its chief.
The judges were members of the fact-finding team headed by veteran jurist and former Supreme Court judge Justice V R Krishna Iyer, which had gone to Gujarat in March-April 2002 after the post-Godhra riots. The report of PTI on 22 Nov 2002 said:
“With less than a month to go for the assembly elections in Gujarat, a tribunal of eminent citizens, including retired Supreme Court judges, on Thursday held Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Sangh Parivar outfits directly responsible for the post-Godhra violence and said he was ‘liable for prosecution for genocide’.
The nine-member ‘Concerned Citizens Tribunal Gujarat 2002’, headed by Justice (retired) Krishna Iyer, also said that the fire in the Sabarmati Express coach that triggered the violence was ‘set from inside’.
Releasing its findings at a joint press conference in Ahmedabad, Justice P B Sawant and Justice Hosbet Suresh, both retired, and senior advocate K G Kannabiran said Modi, his cabinet colleagues and organizations like the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal are “directly responsible for the post-Godhra carnage.”
It said the chief minister “is liable for prosecution for genocide for refusal to take any preventive measure and protect the lives and properties of minorities in the state.”
Notice how these biased judges called the riots a ‘genocide’ ignoring the hundreds of Hindus killed, defended the Godhra carnage and its culprits by ruling out that any mob attacked the train (and made a fool of themselves by going to this level) and did not pin point a single thing which Narendra Modi did wrong. They also of course, ignored all the steps taken to control and prevent the violence like 827 preventive arrests, appeal for peace made on 27 Feb, etc etc! In this case, all of them were self-appointed, doing their own survey and passing their own judgment- appointed by no one and having absolutely no authority!
Rediff.com reported later on the same day quoting PTI:
“…The nine-member tribunal, comprising eminent citizens and headed by former Supreme Court judge V R Krishna Iyer, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying the large-scale violence that followed the Godhra carnage was directly related to his decision to ‘carry Godhra to the whole state instead of containing the issue therein’. Along with Modi, the tribunal held his cabinet colleagues and organisations like the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal also ‘directly responsible for the post Godhra carnage’.
Noting that the tribunal has no statutory authority to conduct an inquiry in such a matter, a state government release said the findings of the panel were ‘one-sided and not based on facts established in accordance with constitutionally sanctioned legal processes’.
The release issued by the state home department cautioned people against being ‘misled by self-appointed agencies’ and await the report of the Gujarat government-appointed Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice G R Nanavati to probe the Godhra carnage and the subsequent violence.
“It is not proper for any other organisation or institution not empowered by law to comment on issues, which are under the purview of the commission,” it said…”
These are some of the facts which should not be ignored by anyone.
Now, let us see some other cases which have been completely ignored by everybody. Let us read the report of The Indian Express dated 29 March 2006:
“9 convicted in post-Godhra riot case
Press Trust of India
Ahmedabad, March 28: Nine persons, including prime accused Mustaq Kaniyo, were on Tuesday convicted in a post-Godhra riots case in Danilimda locality of the city, where a person was shot dead in April 2002.
Additional Sessions Judge Sonia Gokani sent Mustaq Ahmed Sheikh to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for opening fire from a private weapon and killing one person and injuring another in a clash between two communities on April 12, 2002.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Mustaq or an additional six months imprisonment.
Eight other accused – Mehtabraza Islam Saiyed, Rahim Ibrahim Tharda, Haroon Younis Ganyavni, Haji Mohammed Karim Chipa, Yakub Musa Patel, Mohammed Ajimkhan Pathan, Khurshid, Sagir Ahmed Ansari – were awarded one-and-a-half years imprisonment and Rs 3,000 fine (or an additional two months imprisonment).
“The eight accused were convicted on various charges including rioting, unlawful assembly, and for possessing sharp edged weapons,” said Nimaben Rajput, an advocate in this case.
Meanwhile, 25 others were acquitted by the court on ‘benefit of doubt’.”
This is a clear and direct evidence of the lies that the media continues to fabricate on the Gujarat riots. The conviction of Muslims for the post-Godhra riots clearly proves that the Muslims were also on the offensive. Did these newspapers bother to write editorials on this conviction? Did any of them fight for justice in this case? Or, did any of them even let the country remember that Muslims were also convicted for rioting in post-Godhra riot cases? Despite this direct evidence, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar have failed to bring out the truth of the Gujarat riots. In fact, they themselves have started believing the media myths on the Gujarat riots.
To see the one-sided malicious reporting of the Indian media, see the report of The Indian Express dated 13 April 2002, a day after this event in Ahmedabad (for which Muslims were convicted):
“AHMEDABAD, APRIL 12: Just when it seemed like the worst was over, violence erupted in the Danilimda area of Ahmedabad on Friday morning. A petty issue boomeranged, leading to clashes between two groups in Danilimda, where the police had to open fire to disperse rioting mobs.
Seven people were injured in today’s violent incidents. Late on Friday, though the situation was well under control, tension was very much in the air. The Danilimda police also picked up more than 25 people belonging to both the communities on charges of rioting and causing injury.
Combing operations are still being carried out to track down all the accused. Till late Friday, senior police officials, including Joint Commissioner of Police M.K. Tandon and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) B.S. Jebaliya were camping in the area.
Tension mounted at Memon Ni Chali, about 500 metres from Danilimda police station, at around 11 am when two groups started fighting over the parking of handcarts in front of shops. The incident snowballed into a major flare-up, which led to stone-pelting by both sides. The driver of an ST bus plying between Dehgam and Ahmedabad was dragged out of the vehicle and beaten up mercilessly.
This led to an attack on other people, both Hindus and Muslims.
Some people even tried to set fire to a couple of shops in the area, but timely action by the police prevented this.
‘‘This was a small issue among two to three people over parking handcarts in front of others’ shops. All of a sudden it resulted in violence. We first lobbed tear-gas shells to bring the situation under control, but that did not stop the clashes and we had to fire in the air,’’ DCP (Zone VI) Jebaliya said.
Two cases of rioting were registered by the Danilimda police in connection with the incident. Following the incident, strict bandobast was arranged in the nearby areas of Shahalam, Geetamandir, Khadia, Kalupur, Dariapur and Shahpur so as to prevent any untoward incident. Security in Gomtipur area was also beefed up.
Indefinite curfew was imposed in areas under Danilimda police station at 7.30 pm on Friday following the violence. Meanwhile, curfew will be relaxed in areas under Gomtipur police station on Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, Commissioner of Police P.C. Pande said. Night curfew will continue in areas under Khadia, Kalupur, Dariapur, Gaekwad Haveli, Karanj and Vejalpur police stations.
Curfew will remain clamped during the night in areas under Ranip police outpost, Madhavpura, Kagdapith and Shahpur police stations, Pande added.
The Army was called out and it rushed to the riot-affected Danilimda to help police contain the violence. Authorities imposed curfew this evening as violence continued unabated in the area.”
That Muslims started the violence and killed Hindus was something which The Indian Express conveniently did not bother to tell us. Seeing the judgments of the courts convicting 9 Muslims for the riots in Danilimda area, the newspaper reports of the English dailies and of the TV channels should have been reporting the truth. Did The Indian Express report so in its report dated 13 April 2002 on the events of 12 April 2002? This sickening attitude of the media, of condoning acts of murder and violence by the Muslims and painting one-sided malicious picture of the riots continues till date.
Now, let us see another court judgment as reported by The Hindu dated 17 October 2003:
“Vadodara Oct. 16. The Vadodara fast-track special court today acquitted two persons including former Deputy Mayor, Nisar Bapu, while sentencing four others, including Bapu’s son, Abid Husain, and his brother-in-law, Akram Ahmed Sheikh, to life imprisonment for the murder of Pankaj Chauhan in the post-Godhra riots in the city. — UNI”
Let us see the manner of reporting by The Hindu. The Hindu does not even mention the name of the judge or anything in a conviction that is as huge as imprisonment for life. 4 Muslims were again given life imprisonment for murdering a Hindu in the riots after Godhra. Again, the entire media completely ignored the entire proceedings and The Hindu merely reported this without again, writing any editorials on it or giving it any prominence. Imagine how The Hindu would have reported this had Hindus been convicted over attacks on Muslims!
But let us see how some other newspapers reported the same verdict. The Times of India reported thus:
“Four get life imprisonment
16 Oct, 2003 l 1447 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The Vadodara fast track court of Justice C K Solanki on Thursday acquitted former deputy mayor and Congress councillor, Nisarhussein Saiyed alias Nisar Bapu and Maruf Hussein Saiyed in the Lal Akhada case.
Four other accused including Nisar’s son Abidhussein, son-in-law Akram Sheikh, Mohammed Ishaq, and Arif Sheikh alias Bekhabar were convicted by the court to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,500, failing which an additional term of three months has been imposed.
The court convicted them under Section 120 (b), 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused had stabbed to death Pankaj Chauhan was stabbed to death at Resham Wali Gali near Champaner on March 22, 2002.
Following the conviction, the court witnessed a dramatic scene with relatives of the accused breaking down to tears.
Hearing the judgement, Abidhussein seemed to be shocked by the judgement and collapsed in the court. His relatives and other authorities in the court later revived him.
A total of 23 witnesses were examined in the case out of which 10 turned hostile.
This is the second post-Godhra communal riots case, after Best Bakery, in which judgment has been passed.”
We should look at the newspaper reports of these newspapers dated 23 March 2002 to see how one-sided and blatantly false these dailies reported. We should also see the recordings of the TV channels like NDTV-Star News, Aaj Tak etc to see the mischief played by these channels. Did these channels bother to tell us that a Hindu named Pankaj Chauhan was killed by some Muslims in Vadodara’s Resham Wali Gali on 22 March? Did these channels and the entire media ever bother to tell the nation that such a judgment has been passed against Muslims? Luckily, some newspapers at least reported this. Many others did not. These court judgments have been completely forgotten by the media ever since, quite unlike the Best Bakery case. But I always feel that the Best Bakery case too should be raised and given publicity, of course not so much as to make judges convict innocent persons. Irrespective of that, the fact that some Muslims have been convicted for rioting after Godhra is enough for the media to stop lying about the post-Godhra riots and reveal the truth. But neither the media, nor the BJP or the Sangh Parivar ever raise these facts. And now, even if the so-called Hindu-nationalists of the Sangh Parivar do raise this, it will take a huge effort to paint the truth of the Gujarat riots.
Now let us see another court judgment. This was reported by The Times of India dated 14 May 2006:
“AHMEDABAD: A special POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) court sentenced five people to 10 years’ imprisonment each in connection with the tiffin bomb blasts in Ahmedabad city buses four years ago.
Judge Sonia Gokani, delivering his 362-page judgement, also imposed a fine of Rs 27,000 on each of the accused under different sections of POTA, the Indian Penal Code, the Explosive Substances Act, the Bombay Police Act and the Damage of Public Property Act.
The judge found five of the 17 accused guilty for the explosions in five city buses on May 29, 2002, injuring 23 people in an act seeking vengeance against the post-Godhra violence. The crude explosive devices were hidden in tiffin boxes.
The other 12 were acquitted for want of evidence against them.
Police had registered the complaint in five different police stations in the city after the explosions, but no arrest had taken place for a year after the blasts.
It was after the assassination of former state home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, that police arrested 23 persons in the tiffin bomb blast case. They later released four, as charges could not be filed against them. Seventeen accused were tried in POTA court.”
The Hindustan Times also reported this and the URL is:
This again goes to show that Muslims were on the offensive after Godhra. This was not a direct case of rioting. But Muslims also targeted Hindus in Ahmedabad by trying to put bombs in buses.
Now, let us see another court judgment. This was reported by Deccan Herald dated 5 August 2005:
“The Special POTA Court here on Thursday sentenced two persons to seven years rigorous imprisonment in the post-Godhra riot cases.
This is the first conviction under POTA in the cases during the post-Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat. Judge Sonia Gokani convicted Mohammad Ashraf Ismali Nagroi and Mohammad Tahir Mohammad Arif Bakaswala, both residents of Surat, on the charges of attempt to murder of Hasmukh Lalwala, a VHP supporter, who had been fighting the cases of Hindus allegedly involved in the post-Godhra riots. The judgment was delivered in the high security zone set up in the Sabarmati Jail.
Two motorcyclists fired two rounds on Mr Lalwala when he was passing by Makai pool in Surat on the way to his office on May 21, 2002. He sustained injuries. His brother Ganeshchandra Lalwala filed the complaint. The accused have been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment under section 3 (1) of POTA and six years of imprisonment under section 307 of the IPC. They will undergo the sentence concurrently.
Appearing on behalf of the state government, counsels H M Dhruv, Sudhir Brahmbhatt and Umesh Trivedi said the confessional statement of the accused under section 32 of POTA should be admitted. In the statement, the accused are believed to have confessed to firing on Mr Lalwala to scare the Hindus.”
This again shows that Muslims were on the offensive in Gujarat. There is another case. Bajrang Dal activist and leading lawyer Lalit Kumar Jain was murdered on 24 April 2002 in Maharashtra. He was a lawyer who would fight cases of the Hindus accused of rioting in Gujarat free of charge.
Now let us see some parts of an article written by Arvind Lavakare in the weekly Organiser dated 7 May 2006:
“…In its edition of March 19, 2006, The Sunday Express carried the following report from Ahmedabad:
“Post-Godhra riot case: 7 get lifer
The city session’s court on Friday convicted seven people in a post-Godhra riot case and sentenced them to life term for the murder of 35-year-old Mukesh Panchal, a resident of Lambha. He was attacked by the accused and went missing on November 7, 2003 from Shah-e-Alam Darwaza. His mutilated body was found near Chandoka Lake on November 11. One of the seven accused—Javed Shaukat Ali—meanwhile managed to give the cops a slip and fled from the court.”…
… Out of the five convictions so far in l’affaire Godhra, the above two rip the blindfold on Godhra that the country was subjected to since March 2002. Those two convictions conclusively prove that even as some Hindus in Vadodra, Ahmedabad and a few other parts of Gujarat were provoked into insane killing, arson and loot by the S-6 carnage, the Muslims in that state were hardly the cattle hiding from the slaughter house that they have been made out by the “secularists” in and outside our national English media. Do you, for instance, recall reading about the mutilation of Mukesh Panchal’s cadaver in any of the English print media? Did you hear a sound byte about it on our TV?”
Arvind Lavakare is one of the few writers who have never fallen for the media lies on the case of the Gujarat riots. However, it is not clear from The Sunday Express’ report as to why this case was called a post-Godhra riot case if the date given is 7 November 2003. Either the date mentioned in wrong, or this is not a post-Godhra case.
In any case, this is a case worth mentioning by the Indian media. If someone like Mukesh Panchal was brutally killed, it is worth reporting. But because the victim was a Hindu, the media turned a blind eye.
In another report- The Indian Express said-
“Post-Godhra riots: DNA test nails 4 killers
What proved to be the clincher in this case was the DNA test. Four years after they hacked a man to death in the aftermath of Godhra, a fast track court today convicted four men and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Two others, also accused of butchering Devanand Ambalal Solanki, a surveyor at the sales tax office, were acquitted.
Special City Sessions Judge D T Soni sentenced the accused — Faqruddin Kamruddin Mirza, Mohammed Zaheer Abdul Aziz Ansari, Zakir Husain Mehboob Husain and Mohammed Afzal Mohammed Taufiq Sheikh — to life imprisonment. In the judgment, the court observed ‘‘… though awarded imprisonment for life, however, the convicted persons shall be kept in jail till their whole life.’’
This post-Godhra riot case is the first in Gujarat where scientific evidence (DNA tests) nailed the guilty. The accused were booked under various sections of IPC 364, 201, 302 and Bombay Police Act. A fine of Rs 5,000 each was also ordered, failing which the accused would have to undergo another six months imprisonment.”
Now, let us here see another judgment dated 25 November 2003, as reported by www.rediff.com:
“A court in Nadiad taluka of Gujarat on Monday convicted 15 persons for the massacre of 14 Muslims during the post-Godhra communal riots in Ghodasar village in Kheda district on March 3, 2002.
Forty-eight others were, however, acquitted.
Sessions court judge C K Rane pronounced his judgment in the case in which 12 of the accused were charged under section 302 of IPC and three under section 324 of IPC.
The 14 persons were slaughtered in an open field by an armed rioting mob on March 3 when they were fleeing the area following rumours that three persons of the majority community, who had died nearby, were done to death by members of the minority community.
Police had arrested 64 people of which one died in judicial custody while the case was in progress. Only 12 of the accused were in judicial custody when the judgment was pronounced.
Defence Advocate T R Vajpayee told PTI that the judge would pronounce the sentence on Tuesday (25 November 2003).”
This again clearly shows that the Hindus were also convicted in the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. This was dated 24 November 2003, much before the Best Bakery case. The media did not bother to see this conviction of Hindus as an example of the Gujarat government’s integrity and sincerity in prosecution. As a matter of fact, so hell-bent was the media in attacking Narendra Modi, that it did not give publicity of this conviction lest Modi’s ‘Muslim-killer’ image take a beating. They wanted Hindus convicted, but not in Gujarat, but outside Gujarat. However, the date of this event is not 3 March but 2 March.
This was not the only case where the Hindus were convicted in Gujarat. There are many other cases as well. And just like Hindus, Muslims were also convicted for the post-Godhra riots. But, these court judgments still do not rip apart the blindfold on Godhra and post-Godhra imposed on the nation and the world by the Indian media. One such conviction was on 30 October 2007.
The Times of India reported on 31st October 2007-
“Gujarat riots: Eight convicts get life term
AHMEDABAD: Eight persons were sentenced to life while three others were awarded three years imprisonment by a Godhra sessions court in the 2002 Eral massacre case that left seven people dead in the aftermath of the Godhra riots.
However, 29 people were acquitted in the case. Additional Sessions Judge H M Dholakia awarded life sentence to eight people. Three of them were also convicted for having gangraped two minor girls.
Three others were convicted on charges of looting and violence and were sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The police had filed three chargesheets in the case on the complaint of Madinabibi Sheikh, who was also the key witness.
The massacre took place on March 3, 2002 when assailants targeted villages, including Eral in the interior of Panchmahal district in Central Gujarat following the Godhra riots.
Madinabibi’s advocate Siraj Malik said that they were planning to appeal against the acquittal of 29 accused in the High Court.”
To lie through the skin of the teeth that, “Not a single person has been convicted in Gujarat for the ‘genocide’” is utter rubbish. Firstly, no ‘genocide’ took place at all in Gujarat. And secondly, many Hindus as well as Muslims were convicted for rioting.
Thus- a brief summary of total convictions will be as follows:
1-On 16 October- 4 Muslims were convicted and given life imprisonment
2- On 25 November 2003- 15 Hindus were convicted & 12 given lifer. Link for punishment given on 25 Nov 2003
3- On 4 August 2005- 2 Muslims were convicted
4- On 14 December 2005- 14 Hindus were convicted
5- On 24 February 2006- 9 Hindus were convicted (Outside Gujarat)
6- On 18 March 2006- 7 Muslims were convicted
7- On 28 March 2006- 9 Muslims were convicted
8-On 13 May 2006- 5 Muslims were convicted
9- On 18 May 2006- 4 Muslims were convicted
10-On 23 November 2006- 3 Muslims were convicted for blasts on 6 August 2002 in Ahmedabad in which no one was killed but caused panic
11- On 30 October 2007- 11 Hindus were convicted
12- On 18 January 2008- 12 Hindus were convicted in the famous Bilkis Bano case (outside Gujarat)
13- On 13 July 2011- 6 Hindus were convicted
14- On 9 Nov 2011- 31 Hindus were convicted for the Sadarpura case
15- On 9 April 2012- 23 Hindus were convicted for Ode killings
16- On 4 May 2012- 9 Hindus were convicted
17- On 22 Feb 2011- 31 Muslims were convicted for GODHRA roasting of karsewaks which was the cause of everything
There could also be other convictions in the riots cases which are not available to this writer. Now adding all those convicted, we get 65 Muslims convicted in all, 31 for Godhra and 34 for post-Godhra. And we have at least 130 Hindus convicted. Total 195 convictions, which shows the efficiency of prosecution and sincerity in prosecuting. It is a world record to see so many people convicted. Here we must remember that for horrible past riots of Gujarat, 1969, 1985, 1990-91,92 in which far far more people were killed and which were far more serious than the 2002 riots, hardly 3 to 4 convictions took place under previous Congress Governments (and Janata Dal in 1990). In the 1984 riots where at least 3,000 Sikhs were killed, no action was taken against rioters and only 13 people were convicted in the past 28 years.
We have seen some of the court judgments sentencing Muslims for the Gujarat riots. This is direct evidence that even after Godhra, the riots that happened were not one-sided. But despite this, the media refuses to budge and accept the truth. And it continues to lie causing immense damage to the country.