SIT probe on Zakia Jaffery allegations complete: SC told

SC was on Thursday told that SIT probing Gujarat riots completed its inquiry into allegations levelled by the wife of a former Congress MP, Zakia Jaffery, that CM Narendra Modi abetted the carnage in which her husband was killed.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Thursday told
that the Special Investigation Team probing the Gujarat riots
completed its inquiry into allegations levelled by the wife of
a former Congress MP, Zakia Jaffery, that Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and his close aides aided and abetted the
carnage in which her husband was killed.

The statement in this regard was made by the SIT in its
fresh status report filed before a Special Bench headed by
Justice D K Jain.
"It has been stated that the investigation into the
allegations of Zakiya Jaffery has been completed and further
step will be taken in accordance with the law," the Bench,
also comprising Justices P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam, said
after perusing the report which was placed before it in a
sealed cover.

Zakia in her complaint alleged that Modi and 62 others,
including his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior
bureaucrats aided and abetted the riots which left over 1,000
people dead.

Her husband Ehsan Jaffery was killed along with 69 others
by a mob at Gulburg society in Ahmedabad.

Modi was questioned by the SIT.

The apex court had on April 27, 2009 asked the SIT to
inquire into Zakia`s complaint.
Zakia had approached the apex court after the Gujarat
High Court refused on November 3, 2007 to give any direction
and asked her to seek redressal before the magistrate`s court.

The wife of the slain Congress leader had alleged that
between February and May 2002 there was a "deliberate and
intentional failure" of the state government to protect the
life and property of innocents.

SIT also recorded statements of a number of persons which
include former minister of state for Home Gordhan Zadafia, BJP
leader I K Jadeja, former BJP MLA from Lunawada Kalu Malivad
and sitting MLA from Mehsana Anil Patel, former IPS officer R
B Sreekumar, social activist Teesta Setalvad, IG Shivanand
Jha, some other senior police officers and political leaders.

The apex court on October 26 has asked the special court
to go ahead with trial of the Gulbarga society case but has
asked it not to not pronounce its judgement.

The 10 cases being monitored by SIT on the earlier
directions of the apex court are -- Gulbarga Society, Ode,
Sardarpura, Narodao Gaon, Naroda Patya, Baranpura, Machipith,
Tarsali, Pandarwada and Raghavapura.

PTI

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