Court order on Zakia`s plea seeking SIT reports

A local court reserved till April 10 its order on Zakia Jaffery`s plea seeking copy of SIT report on her complaint against Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

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.