Need Proof of Witness’ Intimidation in Gujarat? Read Ashish Khetan’s Letter

Letter from PW Ashish Khetan to Chairperson SIT RK Raghavan

February 8 2013
Dear Mr. Raghvan

As you must be aware my deposition in Naroda Gam Massacre case is presently on.

I’d like to bring to your notice a few disturbing developments.

First of all the defense lawyers particularly Mr. Chetan Shah have been quite abusive and insulting while cross-examining me. Through out my deposition he kept taunting and humiliating me. Also many of his questions were aimed at insulting and annoying me. But this was not all. On more than one occasion he also tried to intimidate and threaten the presiding judge. He on multiple ocassions screamed at her at the top of his voice and humiliated her in front of the packed court room.

The developments outside the courtroom have also been quite discouraging. The Ahmedabad edition of Dainik Bhaskar newspaper dated February 5 published a factually incorrect and depraved account of my ongoing deposition in the Naroda Gram massacre case. On the same day the Delhi edition of the same group published a story claiming that I have retracted my testimony.

These two articles triggered a vicious vilification campaign against my evidence on social media. Clearly it’s an attempt to not only demoralize me but also vitiate the public opinion against the credibility of my ongoing evidence.
Today, I sent a mail to Ahmedabad edition’s resident editor (on his email id demanding an apology and clarification.

But instead of correcting the mistake, Mr. Jain called me from his cellphone 09978910358 at 8:14 pm and threatened that more editions of Dainik Bhaskar Group could also now start reporting that I’d retracted my statement.

Though I’m trying at my level to stop this vilification campaign against my evidence and writing letters to all concerned, I’d appreciate if you could also take steps you deem appropriate to preserve the sanctity of the ongoing trial.

Best regards

Ashish Khetannarendra-modi

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