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Gujarat riots: SC dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea against SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi. India News

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Gujarat riots: SC dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea against SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi. India News

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday dismissed the plea of ‚Äč‚Äčlate Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia Jafri, challenging the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) clean chit to 64 people, including the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Case.

A bench headed by Justices AM Khanwilkar and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar upheld the special metropolitan magistrate’s order dismissing Jafri’s protest petition against the closure report filed by the SIT.

The top court upheld the order of the Gujarat High Court and said that there was no merit in Jafri’s plea.

Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people killed at the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after a coach of the Sabarmati Express caught fire in Godhra in which 59 people were killed and riots broke out in Gujarat.

A detailed decision in the matter will be uploaded later in the day. The apex court had in December last year reserved its verdict on Jafri’s plea.

During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the SIT, said the apex court should support the Gujarat High Court’s decision on Jafri’s plea. He said it would become an endless exercise, being pushed by some motive of social activist Teesta Setalvad – the second petitioner in the petition.

Concluding the arguments, Rohatgi submitted before the bench that no one “raised a finger” against it on the 2002 Gujarat riots probe.

Jafri had challenged the 2017 Gujarat High Court order dismissing his plea against the SIT’s decision.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners, referred to the work done by Setalvad’s organizations and said that it is unfair to give anti-Gujarat color to someone. Sibal said this is another occasion when the glory of law is being tested and he is not inclined to target anyone and emphasized that it was the job of the SIT to find out who the culprits were, if any. crime has been committed.

He said that the case can be closed, if no one has done so and all this happened without anyone, in the background of the material before the court. “But if you feel that crimes have been committed then who is responsible is a matter of investigation,” Sibal said.

The SIT gave a clean chit to Modi and in 2017 the Gujarat High Court upheld the clean chit. Zakia Jafri moved the apex court challenging the order of the Gujarat High Court.

Rohatgi had argued that the allegations have gotten worse over the years, and insisted that the SIT diligently probed each allegation, recommending the prosecution of several people who had previously been acquitted. He had submitted that the allegations of a larger conspiracy were found to be based on the statements of three tainted police officers – RB Sreekumar, Rahul Sharma and Sanjeev Bhat.

(with PTI and IANS)

Gujarat riots: SC dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea against SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi. India News

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