New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will hear on Monday November 19, 2018 Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging the clean chit given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then Chief Minister of Gujarat, and others on allegations of a “larger conspiracy” in the 2002 riots.
Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Ehsan Jafri. He was among the 69 people killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre. Gulbarg society massacre is among the most heavily documented aspects of the 2002 Gujarat riots in which over a 3000 people, mostly Muslims, had died, a day after the Godhra train burning triggered large-scale riots in the state.
The petition filed by Zakia Jafri and Teesta Setalvad’s Citizens for Justice and Peace had challenged the findings of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT and the ruling of a magistrate court that upheld its closure report of 2012. The Gujarat High Court had in October 2017 upheld the clean chit given to Modi and 58 others by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Zakia had approached the Gujarat High Court in 2014 after the Magisterial Court rejected the petition challenging the SIT report.
In her petition in the Supreme Court Zakia said, "Grant ad-interim order to Special Investigation Team to carry out further investigation u/s 173(8) of Cr. P. C. in regard to the Petitioner's complaint dated 08/06/2006 and the evidence placed before the Learned through the Protest Petition dated 15/04/2013."
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.
The Supreme Court had in 2011 referred the Gulbarg Society massacre to the local district magistrate’s court since it was a local police matter. In 2012, the SIT submitted its report which gave a clean chit to Modi and submitted it to the local magistrate’s court, which accepted the report.
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