The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition challenging the SIT’s report giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots. The Supreme Court has said that this petition is not maintainable. After the hearings, the Supreme Court had reserved its decision in the matter.
There were riots in Gujarat in the year 2002 and the SIT formed to investigate the riots gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At that time Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Along with Prime Minister Modi, 63 others were also given a clean chit for their role in the riots.
A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar delivered its verdict in the matter.
The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri against the report of the SIT. After this, Zakia Jafri filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision.
During the hearing, Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the SIT, had told the court that apart from this petition, no one raised any question regarding the investigation of the SIT into the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Zakia Jafri is the wife of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri. Ehsan Jafri was assassinated in the violence at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad during the Gujarat riots.
Mukul Rohatgi had told the court that the Supreme Court should support the lower court and the Gujarat High Court’s decision on Zakia Jafri’s petition, otherwise the process will never end and social activist Teesta Setalvad has some motive behind it. Teesta Setalvad is also the petitioner in this case.
Whereas senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing in the Supreme Court during the hearings in the Supreme Court on behalf of Zakia Jafri, told the apex court that the SIT did not investigate the riots and the investigation of the SIT protecting the perpetrators of the riots was full of mistakes. Was.
In 2014, Zakia Jafri had filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court against the report of the SIT. But the High Court had upheld the clean chit given by the SIT to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others.
Earlier, a lower court had also rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea.
What was the demand?
In his petition, Zakia Jafri had demanded that 64 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior police officers and bureaucrats, be made accused for plotting the 2002 riots. He had demanded a re-investigation of the riots. In 2011, the Supreme Court transferred the Gulbarg Society riots to a lower court.
Devoid of merit SC rejects Zakia Jafri plea in Gujarat Riots