The Supreme Court will hear on November 19 a plea filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Godhra riots case.
Wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulbarg society massacre in 2002, Zakia, has challenged the clean chit given to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and other politicians and senior bureaucrats by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in its closure report, citing lack of “prosecutable evidence” against them.
In 2012, a metropolitan court acquitted all 58 accused in the post-Godhra riots in which 69 people were killed. “According to the SIT, no offence has been established against any of the 58 persons listed in Zakia’s complaint,” metropolitan magistrate MS Bhatt had then said. The petitioners had then moved the High Court against the acquittal in 2013.
The Gujarat High Court, last year, upheld the judgment of the metropolitan court and rejected Zakia’s allegations that cases such as Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulberg were part of a “larger conspiracy”.
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