VIII. INDICTMENTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT

JUDICIAL CONDEMNATION

Chief Justice Khare’s scathing remarks againt the Narendra Modi Government

Hon’ble Justice V. N. Khare, the then Chief Justice of Gujarat, heading a three-Judge Bench in the Supreme Court put the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat in the dock and made scathing observations on the State Government and the way it was handling the riot cases. Justice Khare even advised it to follow the "raj dharma" or quit.

Modi reacted sharply to this indictment and stated "He can't distinguish between khare (just) and khote (unjust) but I would not like to make any statement against him."

(Reference: “Justice Khare’s remarks irk Gujarat CM” Times of India; 4 May, 2004)

In an interview after this retirement Chief Justice Khare said: “I found there was complete collusion between the accused and the prosecution in Gujarat, throwing rule of law to the winds. The Supreme Court had to step in to break the collusion to ensure protection to the victims and the witnesses.”