SIT files final report in Zakia Jafri case
Ahmedabad: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the post-Godhra 2002 riots in Gujarat filed its
final report before a local court on Wednesday but there was no
official confirmation whether it had closed the cases against
Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The report was submitted in a sealed envelope by SIT
officials in a magisterial court here as directed by the
Supreme court, sources in the court said. The magistrate has
to now take cognisance of the report.
It was submitted on a day when the Gujarat High Court
dealt a major blow to the Modi government censuring it for
"inaction and negligence" during the riots, holding that this
had resulted in an "anarchic" situation.
The SIT reportedly refused to divulge the contents of the reports.
Zakia Jafri had filed a petition against Narendra Modi. Zakia moved a petition for Gujarat CM’s prosecution in 2002 riots. The petition was in relation to the death of her husband, ex-MLA Eshan Jafri, who was killed by a mob in the post-Godhra riots.
The Gujarat unit of Congress on February 08 had demanded that the Supreme Court-appointed SIT prosecute Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
GPCC President Arjun Modhwadia made the demand in a letter to SIT chief RK Raghavan.
The Congress leader also said that decision of the state government to bring the bodies of 59 victims of Godhra train incident to Ahmedabad led to a communal frenzy, as the bodies were put on display, resulting in the riots.
A similar demand - that SIT prosecute Modi - was made earlier by former police officers RB Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt.
On September 12, 2011, in a relief to Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court had ruled that a trial court would hear the petition by Zakia Jafri, who alleged deliberate inaction on the part of the Gujarat Chief Minister in the killing of her husband Ehsan Jafri and dozens of others in Ahmedabad's Gulberg Society during the 2002 riots.
The plea by Jafri, also alleged inaction on the part of Modi's Cabinet colleagues and some high-ranking state officials.
The court had said the magistrate, before deciding on the complaint by Zakia Jafri, would issue her a notice and afford her an opportunity to be heard.
The court had also asked the special investigation team (SIT) headed by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director RK Raghvan to file its status report before the concerned magistrate.
The amicus curiae (friend of the court) Raju Ramachandran report, which differed with the findings of the SIT, was also referred to the magistrate.
After that, the magistrate was to take a final call on the alleged involvement of people named in the FIR.
Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s ruling, Modi had tweeted, ‘God is great’.
The apex court in 2009 had earlier handed over the task
of probing the case to SIT which submitted its report in
With PTI inputs