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Zakia’s petition dismissed; Supreme Court upholds clean chit given to Modi and others

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Zakia Jafri’s husband, Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people killed on 28 February 2002 at the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad. A day earlier, a coach of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire in Godhra, in which 59 people were killed. It was only after this that riots broke out in Gujarat. In 2017, the High Court had upheld the trial court’s decision giving clean chit to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in cases related to the riots.

Narendra Modi and Zakia Jafri. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to 64 people, including the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.

Zakia is the wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar along with Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar was hearing Zakia Jafri’s appeal challenging the Gujarat High Court’s decision of Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate Court on October 5, 2017, in which the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Modi And 63 others were given clean chit in cases related to the riots.

The bench upheld the special metropolitan magistrate’s order dismissing Zakia Jafri’s plea against the SIT’s closure report.

The top court upheld the order of the Gujarat High Court and said that Jafri’s petition was not maintainable.

Ehsan Jafri was among the 68 people killed on 28 February 2002 at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad. A day earlier, a coach of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire in Godhra, in which 59 people were killed. It was only after these incidents that riots broke out in Gujarat.

On February 8, 2012, the SIT filed a closure report giving clean chit to Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.

In 2018, Zakia Jafri had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the October 5, 2017 order of the High Court dismissing her petition against the SIT’s decision.

The petition also said that after the SIT gave a clean chit in its closure report before a trial judge, Zakia Jafri filed a protest petition, which was dismissed by the magistrate without considering the “certified merits”.

(with input from news agency language)

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