SC never asked us to probe larger conspiracy behind 2002 riots: SIT

The Supreme Court-appointed-Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday said that it never had the mandate to probe the larger conspiracy

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:September 3, 2013 3:04 am

The Supreme Court-appointed-Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday said that it never had the mandate to probe the larger conspiracy,involving Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others,in the post-Godhra riots in 2002.

Replying against the protest petition filed by Zakia Jafri,widow of former Congress parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri who was killed in Gulberg society massacre,SIT counsel R S Jamuar said,“I (SIT) am a creation of the SC and defined by the its order. The SC directed us to probe nine cases,we can’t exceed beyond these.”

Jamuar,while reading out several SC judgments in this regard,said that the SIT was constituted following the National Human Rights Commission’s petition which raised issues of gross human rights violations as well as protection of victims and witnesses in the state. “We were not constituted after Jafri’s complaint. It came much later. The main responsibility assigned to us was to ensure protection of victims and witnesses,apart from probing nine rioting cases. The SC never desired us to probe the larger conspiracy,” Jamuar argued before Metropolitan Magistrate B J Ganatra.

“Jafri filed the complaint only after the NHRC’s petition was filed and retired DGP R B Sreekumar’s affidavit was submitted before the Nanavati Commission probing the riot cases. Jafri doesn’t remember a paragraph of her complaint as it has been written by activist Teesta Setalvad. What she couldn’t achieve in the SC,she is trying to achieve here from this court,” Jamuar said.

Jamuar also said that SIT was not governed by the code of criminal procedures. He said that SIT was not a police probe,but constituted by the SC. About Zakia Jafri’s complaint,he said that the SIT was asked to look into the case and the evidence it had collected.

Jafri has filed a protest petition challenging closure report based on her complaint against Modi and others.

Jafri has alleged that the statewide riots were part of a larger conspiracy involving the whole state machinery,including politicians and police officials.

Earlier this month,the SIT submitted its closure report while giving a clean chit to Narerndra Modi and others,and stating that there were not enough material evidence to prosecute the accused.

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