New Delhi: ASupreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan decided on Friday to hear next week a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for his remarks in connection with the probe ordered against him and others on their role in the post-Godhra riots.
The petition was filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has been assisting the court as amicus curiae in the matter of Jakia Nasim, wife of former Congress member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri. She had accused the Gujarat government of not entertaining her complaint relating to her husband, who was killed in the 2002 riots.
The petition alleges that Modi had said that the probe against him was ordered by the court as a result of a conspiracy involving the Congress party. The advocate also referred to a subsequent advertisement which had claimed that efforts were on to send Modi to jail.