It’s too much,ask Zakia to file protest plea: SIT to court

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on Friday requested the court here to direct complainant Zakia Jafri to file a protest petition at the earliest over SIT’s closure report giving a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 accused by her of playing a role on the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 8, 2012 3:00:16 am

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on Friday requested the court here to direct complainant Zakia Jafri to file a protest petition at the earliest over SIT’s closure report giving a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 accused by her of playing a role on the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

“How long will the complainant be raising objections over the issue of non-submission,missing-incomplete,illegible documents? Court should ask her to file protest petition without wasting further time,” SIT’s counsel R S Jamuver told the court after submitting a 20-page affidavit today.

Zakia’s husband and former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri was among those killed in the Gulberg Society massacre of February 28,2002.

The SIT submitted the affidavit today following Zakia’s applications that the copy of its closure report she was handed over had many illegible and missing documents and compact disks (CDs) which were not readable. The court had ordered the SIT to file an affidavit and explain at length on this matter.

“It’s too much now. With this affidavit,there remains no more doubt over the documents the SIT has collected or taken into consideration during its investigation. Therefore,the court should tell the complainant to file protest application (if she wants to) and fight the case on its merit,” the SIT’s counsel said.

Jamuar told the court ever since it handed over the copy of closure report to Zakia months ago,she had been making repeated submissions in the court over the same issue and wasting time of the court.

However,Zakia’s counsel S M Vora told the court he needed to read the affidavit carefully before taking the next action. The court gave him six days,asking him to reply on September 13.

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