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Fatwa on Terrorism issued by Mufti Fuzail-ur-Rahman Hilal Usmani
(Pronounced in person at a Public Meeting, “Citizens Against Terror”, organized by Citizens for Justice and Peace, Muslims for Secular Democracy and others in Mumbai on July 27, 2006).

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Message from Sajjadanashin Of
Hazrat Khwaja Saheb,
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Statement of Condemnation
(Mumbai Blast)


SC judgment
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(April 12, 2004)

Media Archive



  List of Prosecution,    
  defence witnesses
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the accused
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the weapon
  List of accused  (pdf)
  Contradictory statements  
  by Zahira and family
  Zahira Speak  (pdf)
  Hostile witnesses:    (pdf)
  Criminal consequences
  Modi on NHRC, CJ  (pdf)
  Pending petition for  (pdf)
  re- investigation, transfer
  No appeals  (pdf)
 Partisan prosecutors (pdf)
 Partisan Investigation (pdf)
 Vadodara witnesses (pdf)
  Case History
 Supreme court  
(Mar 8, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
(Full Judgement)  
 ( Feb 24, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
 (Feb 24, '06)
  SC Judgement: transfer
  and  retrial in Mumbai
(April 12, '04)
  SC order expunging
  remarks against
  Teesta, Mihir
  Gujarat HC order
  Dec. 26, '03/Jan 12, '04
  CJP and Zahira file
  SLP in SC
(Aug. 8, '03)
  Zahira/CJP press  
  conference in Mumbai

  (July 7, '03)
  Sessions Court
  Judgement, Vadodara

  (June 27, '03)

News Letter March 2006

Crime Against

Gujarat Riots
 Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report


Crime Against

( Abridged Version)


Gujarat 2002


Press Statement
November 28, 2008 

Further Subversion in Gujarat 2002 Cases from Citizens for Justice and Peace, Mumbai

On behalf of our entire organisation, the Citizens for Justice & Peace we would like to categorically refute all baseless and scurrilous allegations being deliberately carried by certain publications against us, an organisation that has provided consistent legal aid to the victims of the Gujarat Genocide of 2002. To remind the general public, this is not the first time that the CJP, particularly its Secretary, Teesta Setalvad have come under attack from unholy alliance of the Gujarat state, the accused in the mass carnage cases and dubious defence counsel. The organistaion had to undergo a veritable trial by fire in 2004  and we had then be cleared by the Supreme Court of India through the registrar general of India's report (2005). 

Again, as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Dr Raghavan leads the re-investigation into major carnage cases (Godhra, Gulberg, Naroda, sardarpur, Odh and Dipla Darwaza) –a process ensured due to the gritty determination shown by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the CJP--  once more allegations by some alleged witnesses have surfaced. One national newspaper in particular is splashing the news mysteriously "leaked" by defense counsel, day after day. 

Over the past four days, the CJP has refrained from comment on the merits or otherwise of the said allegations, respecting the re-investigation process that is on and of which the report is yet to be submitted to the apex court. We have since March 26, 20-08 when the SIT was appointed participated actively in the process, expressed some reservations of the deep involvement in some tainted officers in the re-investigation but held our comments until the final report by the team is out. We believe in adhering to the due process of the law (a principle which obviously neither the state of Gujarat nor the so called defence counsel believe in) . The CJP completes refutes all allegations as baseless and malafide and reserves its right to give full details once the report has been submitted to the apex court.

We would however like to place on record our dismay at the sensational, scurrilous and selective coverage of the issue especially by one English language national daily that prides itself on some conscience. We are shocked that the media, often a self-appointed watchdog and conscience keeper has not, over the past few days when this latest subversion of the justice process in Gujarat broke out, not concerned itself with the implications of more witnesses, especially rape victims from Naroda Gaon and Patiya retracting their statements. The implications for the case in which at least 120 persons were killed in cold blood after girls and women were brutalised, raped and burned.

Inexplicable delays in the justice process, contributed by repeated attempts by the state of Gujarat to stymie the process in the apex court is the major reason that witnesses, even rape victims tire. There has been no discussion or comment on what it has meant for witnesses to live, day after day, in the shadow of the politically influential accused, at Naroda while a cynical media looks on. Babu Bajrangi, accused number one in this massacre is not only on bail but continues to terrorise the neighbourhood. Both he and other accused in the Naroda massacre, as the accused in all major massacres of 2002 enjoy pet patronage of the state government. Over 25,000 persons living in Gujarat, victims of the carnage of 2002, live in sub-human conditions in camps where toxic waste corrodes their insides. Many of the victims from Naroda have been forced into such hellish living conditions. Others, beaten, have returned to live in the shadow of the accused.

In a democracy, it is the duty of the state to ensure the prosecution of a mass crime. In the absence of any will by the Gujarat government to ensure justice, organisations like ours have had to step in. It is a shame that as we debate the merits and de-merits of our political process, the subversion of the criminal justice system by those in power, escapes scathing comment or reportage.

The Naroda incident, of all those that shamed India during the ghastly days of the carnage claimed maximum lives and was a brute reminder of the narrative of sexual violence that underlined the state sponsored genocide in Gujarat. Tehelka's Operation Kalank recorded one rapist allegfedly being garlanded by chief minister Narendra Modi for successful accomplishment of his crime. Innumerable reports, not least of all those carried by the very newspapers that have abandoned the narrative now, spoke of many girls, and women were subject to near pornographic mass rapes just outside Ahmedabad, in full public view as elected representatives celebrated and the police watched. 

It is a matter of national shame that six and a half years on, as the re-investigation process egged on by the NHRC and legal rights groups reaches its end, yet another travesty is being played out, wherein lawyers for the accused are playing the media, discrediting witnesses and the process.

We appeal to other sections of the media to focus on the criminal justice system and its subversion by the state especially when related to mass communal crimes.

Trustees: Teesta Setalvad, IM Kadri, Javed Akhtar, Alyque Padamsee, Anil Dharker, Arvind Krishnaswamy, Cyrus Guzder, Nandan Maluste, Rahul Bose, Cedric Praskash, Javed Anand, Ghulam Pesh Imam.

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