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2002 riots in Gujarat: Supreme Court hears Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court is hearing the petition by Zakia Jafri, widow of MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed at his house in Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad in the 2002 riots.

The SIT report had given a clean chit to Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, in the 2002 riots. It had ruled out any “larger conspiracy” by high state functionaries in instigating riots following the train carnage in Godhra.

Zakia Jafri filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the clean chit to Modi.

She is being represented by senior advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal. The case is being heard by an SC bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar.

Sibal argued in the court that the police, instead of maintaining law adn order, had escorted a VHP member trying to whip up mass frenzy and who accompanied a mob of 5,000 persons in an inflammatory funeral procession.

He said that Zakia’s fight was about law and order and administrative failure and that she was not interested in any high dignitaries or convictions at this stage.

He also read out Zakia Jafri’s testimony regarding the circumstances of the killing of her husband in 2002.

Sibal argued that the SIT had ignored a mass of evidence and drew conclusions without any investigation.

 

 

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