Zakia plea fails,riot SIT report not for public yet

A local court on Saturday rejected a plea by Zakia Jafri,the widow of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed in the 2002 riots,for making public the SIT report on the riots.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 4, 2012 5:41 am

A local court on Saturday rejected a plea by Zakia Jafri,the widow of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed in the 2002 riots,for making public the SIT report on the riots.

Metropolitan magistrate M M Bhatt,while rejecting the plea,said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was yet to submit material related to the report.

As per the Supreme Court order,after the SIT submits its full report on Zakia’s complaint,a conclusion is to be drawn by the metropolitan court.

Since the investigation team has not yet submitted the full report,no conclusion can be drawn at this stage.

Hence,no action is required on the report now,the court said.

The court had earlier directed the SIT to submit its full report by March 15.

The apex court,in a September 2011 order,had directed the SIT to file its final report before the magistrate court and had said that if the magistrate decides to close the case,he has to first provide the full SIT report to the complainant and hear her.

Last month,the SIT had submitted its final report in a sealed cover on a complaint by Zakia demanding that Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other top politicians,police officers and bureaucrats be made accused in the 2002 riots cases.

Earlier,SIT consul R S Jamaur had opposed Zakia’s plea saying they had not submitted a complete report in the court as yet.

He had argued that the court would first go through the report and decide what to do with it.

However,during arguments in previous hearing of the case on February 29,Zakia’s lawyers had argued that the SIT has no locus standi to oppose the opening of the report in the court.

They had contended that the report,once submitted in the court,became a public document and anybody could access it. Hence,they being the complainant,could not be denied access to it.

Her lawyers had also stated in the last hearing that since this was the final report submitted by the SIT after completing the investigations,it was only the court which could decide on the issues related to the report.

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