FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., May 1, 2009
Indian Muslim Council-USA (http://www.imc-usa.org), an advocacy group dedicated towards safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, welcomes the supreme courts directive on fast-track trials and the probe into Narendra Modi’s role in 2002 Gujarat pogroms by SIT.
Rasheed Ahmed, President of IMC-USA, said “For minorities in India it seems Supreme Court is the last hope to extract justice for their grievances. Although justice delayed is justice denied in most cases, this is lot better than the current state of impunity for some government officials and some in law and order community.”
Ahmed further added that “The victims of Gujarat would have preferred these cases tried in a more neutral state given the diminished level of confidence in the government machinery of Chief Minister Narendra Modi”.
IMC-USA urges Supreme Court to mandate transparency for these trials and provide required level of support to the victims’ legal efforts. Although Gujarat pogroms have brought shame to India, Gujarat also has great potential to demonstrate that sooner or later justice will prevail not just in the state of Gandhi but in the nation over all.
Indian Muslim Council-USA is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.
Dr. Hyder Khan