Ahmedabad: A taluka court in Sabarkantha district has ordered the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name in three civil suits related to the 2002 Gujarat riots. The court has issued this order on Saturday (05 September). In all three cases, Narendra Modi was made a defendant. These cases were filed by the relatives of the victims of the riots. On behalf of Modi, a lawyer had given applications to the court to remove the name.
The local court in its order held that there was no substantive material to link the defendant (Narendra Modi) in his personal or official capacity with the incident, and termed the allegations made in the civil suit as “vague and general” in nature.
Principal senior civil judge in Prantij town court Suresh Gadhavi pronounced the order directing removal of the name of Narendra Modi, who was the then Chief Minister of the State, along with former IPS officers K. Chakravarty, Amitabh Pathak and Ashok Narayan, whose names also were also mentioned as defendants in the civil suit filed by the relatives of the deceased.
The civil suit was filed 2004 by Sameema Dawood, a British national, and others, in the local court against Mr. Modi, then minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadaphia and 12 others, seeking ₹20 crore as damage “on account of violence in the State wherein the relatives of the plaintiffs are alleged to have been killed”