The Supreme Court will rule on Friday on Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging the clean chit issued by the Special Investigation Team to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (and other victims) of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
After the hearings, both sides had concluded their arguments and the Bench was headed by Justices AM Khanwilkar.
Ehsan Jfri was among the 69 killed in violence at Ahmedabad’s Gulberg society on February 28, 2002. Zakia Jafri challenged the SIT’s clean-chit to 64 persons, including Narendra Modi, who was the Gujarat Chief minister during the riots.
Jafri was represented by Kapil Sibal, a senior advocate. He had earlier stated to the bench that they were not going to argue about the alleged involvement of the former chief Minister and they are focusing on the larger conspiracy which was not investigated further by the Special Investigation Team.
SIT has resisted Jafri’s plea. They claim there is a sinister plot in the complaint to probe “larger conspiracy” that led to the 2002 Gujarat riots. Jafri originally filed the complaint, but it was directed by Teesta Semalvad, a social activist who made allegations to keep the pot boiling.
Setalvad also challenged an Oct 2017 order by the Gujarat High Court refusing reopening the closure report.
The SIT was appointed by the Supreme Court and conducted an investigation into the matter and gave a clean certificate to Narendra Modi (then Gujarat Chief Minister) and other top politicians as well as bureaucrats. The SIT was appointed by the apex court to investigate the case and gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi, then Gujarat Chief Minister, and other top politicians and bureaucrats.
Zakia challenged the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 Order that upheld SIT’s clean-chit.
The Gujarat High Court upheld order by the magisterial courts and accepted the SIT closure report.
Zakia had previously approached the Gujarat High Court after the magisterial court dismissed her petition challenging the SIT Report.
Zakia stated in her petition to Supreme Court: “Grant an ad-interim or to Special Investigation Team(SIT) to conduct a further investigation pursuant to section 173(8) of Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPC). This is in relation to the petitioner’s complaint dated 06/08/2006 and the evidence presented to the learned through the protest Petition dated 15/04/2013.”