SC Adjourns Zakia Jafri’s Plea Seeking Fresh Probe into 2002 Gujarat Riots, by Four Weeks



SC Adjourns Zakia Jafri’s Plea Seeking Fresh Probe into 2002 Gujarat Riots, by Four Weeks

New Delhi, January 15: The Supreme Court bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi, on Tuesday, said that it would hear a plea by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit by the SIT to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 Godhra riots after four weeks.

The adjournment came as the counsel, appearing on behalf of the petitioner urged that they have circulated a letter seeking an adjournment of the hearing. In response to which the bench said, “You are asking for four weeks and we are giving your four weeks. List the matter after four weeks."

The Counsel also informed the Court that following the SIT's clean chit in its closure report before a Trial Judge, the petitioner filed a protest which was, however, dismissed by the magistrate without considering its merits. It was also alleged that the High Court had “failed to appreciate” Zakia's complaint which was independent of the Gulberg case registered at Meghaninagar Police Station. It would be pertinent to note that Zakia had raised allegations on the accused persons by stating that certain cases like Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam also including the Gulberg riot were part of a “larger conspiracy”.

Zakia, the wife of an ex-MP Ehsan Jafri,  has challenged the Gujarat High Court’s order October 5, 2017, in which it dismissed her plea against the SIT’s decision.

On February 28, 2002, Ex-MP Ehsan Jafri was killed at Gulberg Society on the following day when the S-6 Coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra, which triggered massive riots in Gujarat.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2012, filed a closure report, in which it gave a clean chit to the-then CM Modi as well as 63 others, which also included senior government officials. The report was submitted saying that there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.

Metropolitan Court in its verdict drew the conclusion that the case lacked sufficient and valid evidence against the accused persons and thereafter, acquitted the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and other politicians along with a few senior officials from the riots case.

On October 5, 2017, Gujarat High Court, upheld the decision of the metropolitan court, acquitting all 58 accused politicians and bureaucrats on the grounds of the closure report of Special Investigation Team (SIT) ruling out the possibility of “prosecutable evidence” against them.

The High Court, however, while dismissing Zakia’s plea, gave her liberty to ask for a fresh probe into the matter. Pursuing the same, she approached the Supreme Court.

 

 

Godhra Riots
Gujarat High Court
Narendra Modi
Special Investigation Team (SIT)
Zakia Jafri

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