Mumbai: Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of late Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, challenging clean chit by SIT to then CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In 2002, PM Modi served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat 2002. Zakia Jafri had moved the apex court challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Gujarat riots to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and several others.
Zakia Jafri is the wife of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in 2002 during violence at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad.
“We don’t countenance the submission of the appellant (ZakiaJafri) regarding infraction of rule of law regarding the investigation and the approach of the Magistrate and the High Court in dealing with the final report,” the Supreme Court said in its verdict while the upholding the clean chit given to Modi.
The top court upheld the order of the Gujarat High Court, saying that Zakia Jafri’s appeal has no merit and should be dismissed.
The top court upheld the magistrate’s order dismissing Zakia Jafri’s protest petition against the closure report filed by the SIT.
On February 8, 2012, the SIT filed a closure report and concluded that there was “no prosecutable evidence” against Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials.
Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people killed in the violence. Violence broke out a day after the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra caught fire, killing 59 people and sparking communal riots in Gujarat.