SC dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging SIT clean chit on Narendra Modi

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal of Zakia Jafri, the wife of Congressman Ehsan Jafri, who was killed during the 2002 Godhra riots, questioning the clean slip the Special Investigation Team (SIT) gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi had – who was then Chief Minister of State – and others in connection with the Gujarat riots.

A bench chaired by Judge AM Khanwilkar upheld the Ahmedabad City Magistrate’s decision to accept the Supreme Court-appointed SIT closure report and reject the appeal lodged by Jafri against the report’s acceptance.

Gujarat Riots: The Abandoned Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad. Express Photo/Archive

The Supreme Court ruled that Zakia’s appeal “was without merit and deserved to be dismissed.”

The verdict came after Zakia’s appeal against the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order upholding the District Court’s decision to accept the final report.

Ehsan Jafri was killed by a mob attacking the Gulberg Company on the afternoon of February 28, 2002.

The Supreme Court reserved its decision on the appeal in December 2021 after hearing all sides.

During the hearing, Zakia told the court that her complaints and other relevant evidence had not been examined by the SIT. “The SIT,” she claimed, “had come to the conclusion that no case was established and accepted by the judge, and this finding was erroneously repeated by the Supreme Court, despite a large body of documents and concurrent evidence that was meritorious to a strong case against all defendants.” She also claimed that the SIT “collaborated” with the defendant.

However, the SIT rejected this and stated that it had “examined everything conscientiously”.

– With PTI inputs

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