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SC to take up riot clean chit to Modi

Apex court agrees to hear petition filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the special investigation team's report
Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat when the 2002 riots took place.

Our Legal Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 13.11.18, 10:56 PM

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up on November 19 a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, the widow of former MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed at the Gulberg housing society in Ahmedabad during the Gujarat riots of 2002.

Zakia has challenged the clean chit given to Narendra Modi, the then chief minister and now Prime Minister, and others by a special investigation team that probed the post-Godhra massacre.

A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Deepak Gupta told advocate Aparna Bhat, who appeared for Zakia, that the case would be taken up on Monday as the bench has to go through the materials placed before it.

Zakia had challenged the judgment delivered by Gujarat High Court on October 5, 2017, upholding the trial court’s decision to accept the closure report filed by the SIT.

The SIT had earlier been directed by the apex court to look into the allegations levelled by Zakia that the then chief minister (Modi), some ministers and police officers were behind the larger conspiracy.

According to the appeal, the high court had “erroneously” upheld the order of the trial court by accepting the closure report. The appeal claimed that the trial court and the high court had failed to consider documentary evidence that the carnage was orchestrated by the government. 

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