Narendra Modi to `share thoughts` on Gujarat court`s judgement today

In a major relief to Narendra Modi, a metropolitan court rejected the protest petition filed by Zakia Jafri against the clean chit given to him and others by the Special Investigation Team in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Updated: Dec 27, 2013, 08:04 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Panaji: As a Gujarat court upheld the closure of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report probing the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, state Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it represented the "triumph of truth".

Reacting to the court`s order, Modi, on microblogging website Twitter, said, `truth alone triumphs`.

"Truth by nature is self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear," Modi said in another tweet, borrowing the words of Mahatma Gandhi.

Earlier in the day, Metropolitan Magistrate BJ Ganatra while pronouncing the order in open court told Zakia`s counsel Mihir Desai that her petition has been rejected and they have the liberty to approach a higher court.

Jafri, whose husband Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, was among 68 people killed in the Gulberg society massacre here during the post-Godhra riots, had filed a protest petition on April 15, this year objecting to the Supreme Court-appointed SIT`s closure report absolving Modi of complicity in the conspiracy behind the carnage.

74-year-old Zakia, who was present at the court, broke down after the verdict was out and said she will appeal against it in the higher court in a month.
After completing its investigation on Zakia`s complaint, the SIT had had filed its closure report on February 08, 2012.

It concluded that despite difficulties in obtaining evidence in the case because of the lapse of eight years, whatever material it could gather was not sufficient enough to prosecute those against whom allegations of hatching the conspiracy had been levelled.

(With Agency inputs)