Court order on Zakia`s plea seeking SIT reports
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 20:10
Ahmedabad: A local court on Tuesday reserved till April 10 its order on Zakia Jaffery's plea seeking copy of Special Investigation Team's (SIT) report on her complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Metropolitan Magistrate M S Bhatt reserved his ruling after hearing Zakia, wife of former Congress MP Eshan Jaffery who was killed during the riots, and the Supreme Court- appointed agency.

He was hearing a bunch of applications seeking copies of the SIT finding, and demanding the report submitted last month in a sealed envelope be treated as a public document and read out in court.

SIT Counsel R S Jamuar, in a reply to Zakia's plea, submitted that she was entitled to the copy of the report but at "a proper stage", which has not yet come.

Zakia should be given the copy only after the court decides whether to prosecute those named in her complaint or close the case against them. Otherwise, it will be against the order of the Supreme Court, he said.

At this stage Zakia's application has no merits and deserves to be dismissed, Jamuar maintained.

Zakia's counsel Mihir Desai argued that as a complainant his client was entitled to know the conclusion drawn by the SIT based on the investigation it had done.

SIT was still silent on what action they are planning to take based on their probe against those named in the complaint, Desai said.

"We do not want to know the number of pages the report contains. Please give us the conclusion drawn. Whether SIT wants to prosecute all named in the complaint, or only a few or drop charges against all. Why the secrecy on this information?" he asked.


First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 20:10

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