India's Supreme Court has ordered a halt to all trials relating to last year's anti-Muslim riots in the western state of Gujarat, after being told authorities were obstructing the prosecution of Hindu suspects. The court halted judicial proceedings in 10 major riot cases after court-appointed adviser Harish Salve said the state government, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, was preventing the law from protecting Muslims. The court gave officials two weeks to explain why the trials should not be moved to another state. The judges were so angry that they ordered the Gujarat government 'to quit if you cannot prosecute the guilty and protect the weak'. The ruling was the top court's 'final warning to bring the perpetrators to justice', said Harsh Mander, a 20-year veteran of the civil service who resigned his position in Gujarat out of disgust over the official response to the violence. He now runs a non-governmental organisation, Action Aid. 'The judges are singlehandedly providing succour to Gujarat's Muslims who have lost everything, including hope' he said. Nearly 2,000 Muslims were believed to have been killed in what has been described as state-sponsored violence, after a Muslim mob torched a train compartment at Godhra on February 27 last year, killing 58 Hindus. Investigations into the riots by India's government-sanctioned watchdog, the National Human Rights Commission, exposed the role of the state authorities - police especially - in systematic killing, raping and destruction of property across the state's Muslim community. Many Hindus on trial for the deaths of Muslims during the riots have been acquitted, amid allegations of collusion among police, prosecutors and members of the judiciary. The rights monitor petitioned the Supreme Court after 21 Hindus, accused of burning to death 14 Muslims in a bakery, were freed by a local judge who cited lack of evidence. Mr Salve told the Supreme Court that prosecutors trying the case were office-holders in the World Council of Hindus, a nationalist organisation, and Bajrang Dal, a Hindu militant group with suspected ties to the nation's ruling party.