2002 riots: Court rejects Zakia`s plea to make SIT report public

A local court on Saturday rejected a plea by the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffrey for making public the SIT report on the riots.

Ahmedabad: A local court on Saturday rejected a plea by the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffrey, killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots, for making public the SIT report on the riots.

Metropolitan magistrate M M Bhatt, while rejecting the plea, said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is yet to submit material related to the report.

As per the Supreme Court order after SIT submits its full report on the complaint of Zakia Jaffery, conclusion was to be drawn by the metropolitan court.

Now that the investigation team has not yet submitted the
full report, no conclusion can be drawn at this stage. Hence
no action is required on the report now, the court said.

The court had earlier directed the SIT to submit its full report by March 15.

The apex court, in a September 2011 order, had directed
the SIT to file its final report before the magistrate court
and had said that if the magistrate decides to close the case
he has to provide the full SIT report to the complainant and
hear her, before closing it.

Last month, the SIT had submitted its final report in a
sealed cover on a complaint by Zakia demanding that Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other top politicians, police
officers and bureaucrats should be made accused for the 2002
riots cases.

Earlier, SIT consul R S Jamaur had opposed Zakia`s plea
saying that they have not submitted a complete report in the
court yet.

He had argued that the court would first go through the
report and decide as to what to do with it.

However, during arguments in previous hearing of the case
on February 29, Zakia`s lawyers had argued that the SIT has no
locus standi to oppose the opening of the report in the court.

They had contended that the report once submitted in the
court becomes a public document and anybody can access it.
Hence, they being a complainant cannot be denied access to it.

Her lawyers had also stated in the last hearing that
since this is a final report submitted by the SIT after
completing the investigations, it is only the court which can
decide on the issues related to the report.


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