New Delhi: On Monday, November 19, the Supreme Court set to hear the plea of Zakia Jafri challenging the acquittal of Mr. Narendra Modi in the Godhra riots matter, has now adjourned the matter to Monday, November 26. The petitioner’s husband was a former Congress MP, who was killed during the Gulberg society massacre back in 2002.
Last week, the Special Leave Petition was listed before the bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Deepak Gupta, who listed the matter for hearing on November 19 after going through details pertaining to the petition.
On February 28, 2002, Zakia’s husband, Ehsan Jafri along with 68 others were assassinated during an attack at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad. The Godhra train massacre was the inception of widespread communal riots in the State and the Gulberg assassination is an example of the public outrage based on religion. The Gulberg Society attack lasted for about six hours, wherein people were dragged out of their homes, hacked and burned to death.
In accordance with a closure report by the Special Investigation Team dated February 8, 2012, due to lack of valid evidence against the accused persons, a Metropolitan Court acquitted the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and other politicians along with a few senior officials from the riots case.
Nonetheless, in 2013, the petitioner then moved the High Court challenging the order for acquittal by the Metropolitan Court. Through the petition, Zakia not only challenged the acquittal but also raised allegations on the accused persons by stating that certain cases including the Gulberg riot were in fact a part of a “larger conspiracy”. However, the Gujarat High Court dismissed her contentions and upheld the previous Court order.
Although, the High Court dismissed Zakia’s plea, she was permitted to demand for a fresh probe into the matter.