Hearing on Zakia protest plea to resume on June 3

The magistrate,B J Ganatra,whose routine transfer was revoked following the Supreme Court’s intervention,fixed June 3 for resuming the arguments which will be heard on day-to-day basis.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 16, 2013 2:40:45 am

The arguments on Zakia Jafri’s protest petition,that challenged the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) closure report giving clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other accused,will resume from June 3,the Metropolitan magistrate ordered on Wednesday.

The magistrate,B J Ganatra,whose routine transfer was revoked following the Supreme Court’s intervention,fixed June 3 for resuming the arguments which will be heard on day-to-day basis. The lawyers representing both Zakia and SIT had appeared before the court to get a date to start the case again.

On May 2,Magistrate Ganatra had been transferred by the Gujarat High Court in a routine course. However,the Supreme Court communicated with the High Court last week to revoke his transfer for speedy trial. The magistrate resumed his office after the High Court revoked its order last week.

Earlier,SIT had argued for six days against the protest petition in which they termed the allegations against Modi and others as “fiction”. During the hearings,SIT opposed the petition saying that all the allegations were based on “hearsay”. The SIT had also criticized suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for “manipulating” evidences and claimed that he was not “reliable”.

Zakia is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 riots in the Gulberg Society massacre. She had lodged an FIR against Modi and 61 others,including top bureaucrats,IPS officers and politicians,alleging they were involved in the conspiracy for the riots.

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