Formed on April 1, 2002, the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) was the
response of a group of citizens from Mumbai to the Gujarat genocide. CJP’s
-- To promote communal harmony in
-- To promote friendship amongst
people belonging to different religious communities.
-- To combat all kinds of bigotry and
intolerance which create inter-religious strife and differences among
-- To promote values that will
encourage the development of peace, justice and reconciliation, by all
means, in every place, among all peoples of India and in every sphere of
-- To build public opinion on the
need for justice as an essential step towards reconciliation and peace.
-- To check threats to Indian
democracy and the Rule of Law, whether by governments or political parties
or other organisations, groups or individuals.
-- To make legal interventions in the
Courts of Law through Public Interest Petitions or otherwise, to prosecute
all those guilty of killing or maiming innocent citizens; and to assist
others petitioning before the Courts for the redressal of grievances.
-- To set up or assist in setting up
any lawyer/team of lawyers to effectively intervene in government
appointed commissions of inquiry probing the causes of communal conflict
or to identify the role of different agencies in prevention or promotion
-- To promote rationalism and
tolerance and to promote religious and social reform including in
particular reforms to improve the conditions of women and disadvantaged
Founding Members/Board of Trustees, CJP:
Alyque Padamsee (Communications/Advertising/Theatre)
Anil Dharkar (Columnist,
Arvind Krishnaswamy, Treasurer
Fr. Cedric Prakash (Human
Cyrus Guzder (CMD, AFL)
Raghunandan Maluste (Corporate
Iftikhar M. Kadri, Vice-President
Javed Akhtar (Poet,
Javed Anand (Communalism
Rahul Bose (Film Actor)
Teesta Setalvad, Secretary
(KHOJ, Communalism Combat)
Late - Vijay Tendulkar, President
Citizens For Justice & Peace in a Trust registered under The Bombay Public
Trusts Act, 1950 with registration number
Donations to Citizens For Justice & Peace is exempt from Income Tax under
section 80-G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Our 80-G registration number is
DIT(E)MC/80-G/1047/2003/2003-04 Dated 23.12.03 and valid from 4.8.2003 to
Accounting Details About CJP
Donations to Citizens for Justice & Peace go to
www.cjponline.org and go to the "DONATE" SECTION
Citizens for Justice & Peace
(Enjoys 80 G Exemption Under the Indian Income Tax Act)
Contact us at:
Citizens for Justice and
Peace, P.O. Box 28253,
Juhu Post Office, Juhu, Mumbai - 400049.
Ph: 26602288 / 26603927 Fax: 26608252
Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP),
group committed to
rule of law,
formed in Mumbai
the terrible communal carnage in Gujarat.
Calendar Of Achievements
(April 2002-February 2006)
CJP’s activities in the last 4 years have been focussed on legal
interventions to ensure justice for the victims and punishment for the
perpetrators of the Gujarat genocide.
Success Stories So Far:
1. Reluctant CM made to spend extra crores on relief
Action: Petition in
Gujarat High Court
(April 2002) to make the state
government provide and pay for adequate relief to the 1.7 lakh people
rendered homeless and destitute; petitions against government officials
coercing relief camp managers into closing their camps even when victims
have nowhere to go.
Result: High Court orders ensure that many relief camps stay
open until September-October 2002; a highly reluctant state government
made to spend several additional crores on relief measures.
2. ‘Modi chief author and architect of genocide’: Tribunal
Action: CJP sets up
a Concerned Citizens Tribunal headed by three retired SC and
Mumbai High Court judges for a citizens’ probe into the carnage
Result: The Tribunal’s 3-volume report, ‘Crime Against
2002) that remains the most incisive
document on the genocidal violence in Gujarat. Its recommendations have
triggered a national campaign for institutional reform to prevent mass
crimes in future.
3. SC Orders Transfer And Retrial Of Best Bakery Case
Action: CJP petitions the
SC along with Zahira Sheikh, asking for a retrial of the Best Bakery
massacre case outside Gujarat
Results: SC decides to monitor the progress of ALL the
carnage related cases, appoints an amicus curiae
q In a historic and
SC orders retrial of the Best Bakery case outside Gujarat (in
q The DGP of Gujarat is directed
to reopen and review the over 2,000 incidents of violence that had
been closed by the state police.
4. No votes over dead bodies
Action: CJP submits a
detailed and a well-documented memorandum and leads delegation of
victims to the Chief Election Commissioner, Lyngdoh, challenging the
Gujarat government’s claim that the situation in Gujarat was normal to
ensure a free and fair trial.
Result: CEC rejects the Gujarat government’s claim of
normalcy and orders postponement of polls. Subsequently, when the CEC's
decision was challenged in the SC, CJP filed written arguments before
the Constitutional bench opposing snap polls in Gujarat.
5. Godhra victims’ kin, too, repose faith in CJP
families from Ahmedabad, each of whom had lost one or more family member
in coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express train tragedy at Godhra, approach
CJP for legal assistance. CJP files an application in SC
for a retrial of the Godhra arson case outside Gujarat as the affected
families did not expect to get justice in the state.
Result: The Godhra trial is stayed by the SC. The plea for
re-investigation and transfer is pending.
6. Guilty cop Pandey shunted out of CBI
Action: CJP petitions SC
challenging the NDA government’s malafide promotion and transfer of
former Ahmedabad Police Commissioner, PC Pandey (whose own role during
the carnage needs investigation), as Deputy Director, CBI.
Result: The Union government moves PC Pandey out of the CBI
7. Compensation to victims of terrorism in J&K
Action: On the request of
the families concerned, CJP pursues the J&K government asking for
expeditious payment of compensation to the Mumbai-based Chandrakant Shah
and Nirav Vakharia whose family members were killed or seriously injured
in the bomb blast in a hotel in Pahalgam, Kashmir
Result: The affected families receive timely compensation.
Cases Pending in the Supreme Court...