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Zakia Jafri may appeal against HC rejection of her plea challenging SIT clean chit to PM Modi

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:45 PM, & Agencies

Zakia Jafri

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafr's plea challenging the clean chit given to the state's top politicians including then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and bureaucrats in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The High Court however allowed Zakia Jagri, the widow of Ehsan Jafri ex Congress MP who was killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre along with 69 othere, to move higher forums or the Supreme Court against today's ruling.

In the verdict pronounced today, the High Court did not accept Zakia Jafri's allegation of "a larger conspiracy" behind the riots.

Justice Sonia Gokani while rejecting the larger conspiracy charge, said that it was not accepted by the Supreme Court.

"It (larger conspiracy) was already discussed by the Supreme Court in Sanjiv Bhatt's matter and dismissed by it. I do not want to go into that, therefore I reject this plea for larger conspiracy," Justice Gokani said as reported by Business Standard.

The High Court upheld the decision of the lower court, which accepted the probe report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and gave the clean chit to Modi and others.

In her plea, she had demanded that the 60 people, including Modi, senior cops and bureaucrats, be made accused of conspiring 2002 riots.

Zakia Jafri had also sought a re-investigation of the riots cases.

Her MP husband Ehsan Jafri was killed at the Ahmedabad’s Gulberg Society along with 67 others when a mob attacked it on February 28, 2002.

The attack had taken place a day after a train was burnt in Godhra.

During the hearing on Zakia’s plea, the SIT had told the High Court that its enquiry was conducted under the Supreme Court’s watchful eye, and its report was largely accepted by all.

The hearing in the case had concluded on July 3.

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