Gulberg case: SIT gives clean chit to Modi?
Ahmedabad: A day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing 2002 riots, filed its final report in the Gulberg Society case, a local court, Thursday, is expected to go into its details, amid reports that Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been given a clean chit.
The metropolitan magistrate will take cognizance of the SIT report and set up date for the hearing in the case. The court may also issue notices to the investigating team and the petitioner Zakia Jafri for the same.
Media reports suggest that the SIT report has found no evidence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in the case.
The report was submitted, yesterday, in a sealed envelope by SIT officials in a magisterial court here as directed by the Supreme court.
Zakia Jafri - her husband, ex-MLA Eshan Jafri, was killed by a mob at their Gulberg society home - had moved the petition seeking prosecution of Narendra Modi in the case.
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 said the magistrate, before deciding on the complaint, would give her afford 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 2011.
Fresh pleas filed in Zakia Jafri case
Meanwhile, with no official word yet on the report of SIT that probed allegations of involvement of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 post-Godhra riots, two separate applications were filed today before a magisterial court seeking copies of the final report submitted yesterday.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate MS Bhatt issued notices to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and posted the hearing to February 13 following the applications moved by social activists Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha.