The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted the Special Investigation
Team (SIT) probing the 2002 Gujarat riots to carry out further
investigation into the cases, including the killing of Congress
ex-MP Ehsan Jafri in which Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been
questioned for his alleged role.
The order was passed by a special Bench headed by Justice D. K. Jain
after SIT’s chief and former CBI Director R. K. Raghavan made a plea
that some more persons were required to be interrogated.
The Bench noted that the SIT wanted to probe the alleged involvement
of former Gujarat minister G. Zadafia and M. K. Tandon, a senior
police officer and two other policemen.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for a local MLA who has
been named as an accused in the complaint filed by Jafri’s widow,
submitted that he should be heard for his plea seeking recall of the
April 27, 2009 order asking the SIT to look into Zakia Jafri’s
The court said it would look into it later as the SIT was proceeding
for probe against some people.
The senior advocate submitted that the filing of the reports in the
sealed cover was like an anathema to the judicial process and asked
the court to bring them in the public domain.
Meanwhile, former CBI DIG A. K. Malhotra, who was appointed by the
apex court to verify allegations of lapses in investigations being
conducted by the SIT into 2002 Gujarat communal riots, including the
Gulbarg society case in which Jafri was killed, submitted its report
in the sealed cover.