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Gujarat Riots: Supreme Court Adjourns Zakia Jafri’s Plea Against SIT Clean Chit To Narendra Modi


Supreme Court adjourned by 2 weeks the listening to on Zakia Jafri’s plea difficult SIT probe report

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court at this time adjourned by two weeks the listening to on a plea of Zakia Jafri, the spouse of late MP Ehsan Jafri, difficult the Special Investigation Team (SIT) clear chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi within the 2002 riots case.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar mentioned the matter can be listed after two weeks because the petitioner has circulated a letter in search of adjournment within the case.

The Supreme Court had on March 16 posted the matter for listening to on Tuesday and mentioned that it could not entertain any extra request for adjournment.

The bench had final month taken notice of the request of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, showing for Zakia Jafri, that the matter be heard someday in April as a number of advocates had been busy within the Maratha reservation case which was then being heard by a five-judge Constitution bench.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Gujarat authorities, had then opposed the plea for adjournment.

The Supreme Court had in February final yr mounted the case for listening to on April 14, 2020 saying the matter had been adjourned many instances and should be heard sometime.

Prior to this, Zakia Jafri’s counsel had instructed the Supreme Court {that a} discover must be issued within the plea because it pertains to an alleged “larger conspiracy” from February 27, 2002 to May 2002.

Ehsan Jafri was among the many 68 individuals killed at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, a day after the S-6 Coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra killing 59 individuals and triggering riots in Gujarat.

On February 8, 2012, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had filed a closure report giving a clear chit to Narendra Modi, now the Prime Minister, and 63 others, together with senior authorities officers, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” in opposition to them.

Zakia Jafri had filed a petition within the Supreme Court in 2018 difficult the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea in opposition to the choice of the SIT.

The plea additionally maintained that after the SIT gave a clear chit in its closure report earlier than a trial choose, the petitioner filed a protest which was dismissed by the Justice of the Peace with out contemplating “substantiated merits”.

It additionally mentioned the excessive courtroom “failed to appreciate” the petitioner’s criticism which was unbiased of the Gulberg case registered at Meghaninagar Police Station.

The excessive courtroom in its October 2017 order mentioned the SIT probe was monitored by the Supreme Court. However, it partly allowed Zakia Jafri’s petition so far as its demand of an additional investigation was involved.

It mentioned the petitioner can strategy an acceptable discussion board, together with the Justice of the Peace’s courtroom, a division bench of the excessive courtroom or the Supreme Court in search of additional investigation.
 

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