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Supreme Court upholds clean chit of SIT to Modi, dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea

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Supreme Court upholds clean chit of SIT to Modi, dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) clean chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the 2002 riots in the state and dismissed the plea of ​​Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri. Did it A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar upheld the magistrate’s order dismissing Zakia Jafri’s protest petition against the closure report filed by the SIT in 2012.

A bench of Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar said that their plea has no merit. He had alleged a major conspiracy in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Congress leader and former MP Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people killed during the violence at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train caught fire. Zakia Jafri had challenged the SIT’s clean chit to 64 people, including Modi who was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002.

His petition had challenged the October 5, 2017 order of the High Court dismissing his plea against the SIT’s decision. The Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on the petition on December 9 last year. The SIT had said during the hearing in the apex court that no one had raised a finger against it except Zakia Jafri’s plea to probe the 2002 Gujarat riots. His lawyer had earlier said that his 2006 complaint was that there was a larger conspiracy where bureaucratic inaction, police complicity, hate speech and violence were perpetrated.

On February 27, 2002, 59 people were killed when a fire broke out in coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra, sparking riots in the state. On February 8, 2012, the SIT filed a closure report, now giving a clean chit to Prime Minister Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them. Zakia Jafri had filed a petition in the apex court in 2018. The petition also states that after the SIT gave a clean chit in its closure report before a trial judge, Zakia Jafri had filed a protest petition which was dismissed by the magistrate without considering the “evidence”. Property “. The High Court, in its October 2017 order, had said that the SIT probe is supervised by the Supreme Court.

However, as far as the demand for further inquiry is concerned, he partly allowed his petition, holding that it may be approached by a magistrate’s court, a division bench of the High Court, or an appropriate forum including the Supreme Court. May demand further investigation.

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Supreme Court upholds clean chit of SIT to Modi, dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea

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