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2002 Gujarat riots: Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on Zakia Jafri, petition today to investigate ‘big conspiracy’ MPNRC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Friday on a plea by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots. ,

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar reserved its order on December 9, 2021, after both the sides concluded their arguments in the matter.

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Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed during the violence at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002. Zakia Jafri has challenged the SIT’s clean chit to 64 people, including Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the riots in the state.

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Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Jafri, had earlier told a bench of Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar that he had not argued at all about any alleged involvement of the former chief minister and was on the issue of a larger conspiracy. Which was not investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

The SIT opposed Jafri’s plea, saying that there was a sinister conspiracy behind the complaint to probe the “larger conspiracy” behind the 2002 Gujarat riots and that Jafri’s original complaint was directed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, who claimed that he was not just keeping utensils. was accused of. to boil

Setalvad had also challenged the October 2017 order of the Gujarat High Court refusing to reopen the closure report of the SIT.

The top court-appointed SIT had probed the matter and gave a clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other top politicians and bureaucrats. A clean chit was given against him citing lack of “prosecutable evidence”.

Challenging the order of the Gujarat High Court dated October 5, 2017, upholding the clean chit of the SIT, Zakia had approached the Supreme Court alleging a “larger conspiracy” in the riots.

The Gujarat High Court, while accepting the closure report of the SIT, upheld the order of the magistrate court.

Earlier, Zakia had approached the Gujarat High Court in 2014 after a magisterial court dismissed the petition challenging the SIT report.

In his petition in the Supreme Court, Zakia had said: “Give an interim order to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct further investigation under section 173 (8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in respect of the petitioner. June 8 , 2006 complaint, and the evidence placed before the scholar through the protest petition dated 15th April, 2013.”

(with inputs from ANI)

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