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Gujarat HC orders removal of Narendra Modi’s name from civil suit demanding damages for the murder of three British nationals during the 2002 post-Godhra riots [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Sep 2020 7:16pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Gujarat HC orders removal of Narendra Modi’s name from civil suit demanding damages for the murder of three British nationals during the 2002 post-Godhra riots [READ ORDER]

Gujarat Court on 6th September 2020 ordered the removal of Narendra Modi’s name from a civil suit that demanded damages for the murder of three British nationals during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Prime Minister Modi at that time was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the suit in which he was the defendant the petitioner pleaded that “he was constitutionally, statutorily and personally liable for being in complete command of the state machinery, on whose watch Gujarat riots of 2002 raged for days”. 

The court said there is no single averment which suggests that if the name of defendant No. 1 is struck out then the matter cannot be adjudicated properly and also said that there is no adverse effect on the plaintiff’s plea on striking out the name of the defendant No. 1. Hence the court ordered to remove the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The order was passed by the Judge. Sureshkumar Kaludan Gadhavi, Principal Senior Civil Judge, Prantij. The order said, “In my view, such reckless allegations without any basis, i.e. evidence, can hardly establish any nexus or help in raising cause of action against defendant No. 1”. 

The court referred to the Order I Rule 10(2) of the Civil procedure Code, which reads:-“Court may strike out or add parties.- The Court may at any stage of the proceedings, either upon or without the application of either party and on such terms as may appear to the court to be just, order that the name of any party… Continue Reading...


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