On getting away with it

March 26, 2003 is an important date on the way to this moment - where we could be on the edge of Modi-raj. On that day, a certain senior BJP politician was assassinated. We don't know who killed him - 12 people were framed for his murder but all later acquitted by the courts. We don't know why he was killed. We don't even know what time he was killed, or where he was killed. The politician was Haren Pandya, a name rarely mentioned these days.

What do we know? We know that shortly before his murder he gave evidence to an independent fact-finding panel on the Gujarat 2002 violence led by Justice VR Krishna Iyer. According to Justice Hosbet Suresh, when Pandya was asked why there was no police action to stop the massacres, he "said that in the meeting of February 27, 2002 Modi had asked the police not to take action against the agitators. We had recorded audio of this statement during our probe". We know that after this, Modi’s principal secretary, PK Mishra, instructed the director-general of state intelligence to track Pandya’s movements. We know that Pandya was a vocal critic of Narendra Modi within the BJP. We know that Pandya's father was extremely convinced that Modi had ordered his son's killing and said so repeatedly before his death. But will we ever know who ordered Haren Pandya's killing? Or have they got away with it?