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SIT concludes arguments against Zakia`s petition

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 20:52

Ahmedabad: The Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team Wednesday concluded its arguments against Zakia Jafri`s petition seeking rejection of SIT report giving clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

While concluding the submissions before metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra, SIT lawyer R S Jamuar urged the court to reject the petition filed by Zakia and accept the report.
Zakia is the widow of Ehsan Jafri, a former MP who was burnt to death in the post-Godhra riots.

Summing up his arguments, Jamuar claimed Zakia`s complaint, filed before Supreme Court in June 2006, was nothing but the "assembly of irrelevant material" and it contains nothing which can be investigated under the provisions of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Defending the report, which concluded that no criminality has been made out against any of the persons against whom the complaint has been filed, SIT asserted it has collected all possible material during "fair" investigation, monitored by the apex court, and on that basis, the report has been filed.

In January last year, SIT had submitted its final report giving clean chit to Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Zakia had filed a petition before the magistrate protesting the SIT report and sought filing of charge sheet against Modi and 58 others.
In her protest petition, Zakia also demanded rejection of SIT report by the court and directions of further probe into her complaint by an independent agency, other than SIT.

The court adjourned the hearing till June 26, when Zakia`s advocate will begin arguments for the rejection of SIT closure report and for their demand to file charge sheet against Modi and others.


First Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 20:52
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