'Devoid of merit', SC junks Zakia Jafri's plea against clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots

New Delhi, Jun 24 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri who was killed during the violence at Ahmedabad's Gulberg Society in 2002, challenging the SIT's clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others during the riots in the state.

A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C.T. Ravikumar upheld the decision of the magistrate in accepting the final report submitted by the SIT and rejecting the protest petition.

The bench said the appeal filed by Zakia Jafri is "devoid of merits and deserved to be dismissed".

Detailed judgment in the matter will be uploaded later in the day. In December last year, the top court had reserved the verdict on Jafri's plea.

During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the SIT, submitted that the top court should endorse the decision taken by the Gujarat High Court on Jafri's plea. He added that it will become an endless exercise, being pushed by some motives of social activist Teesta Setalvad -- the second petitioner in the petition.

Concluding the arguments, Rohatgi submitted before the bench that nobody had "raised a finger" against it on the probe in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Jafri challenged the 2017 Gujarat High Court order rejecting her plea against the SIT decision.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners, cited work done by Setalvad's organisations and added that to paint somebody anti-Gujarat is unfair. Sibal said this is yet another occasion when the majesty of the law is being tested and he is not keen on targeting anybody and emphasized that it was SIT's task to find out who the offenders were, if any offence has been committed.

He said the matter can be closed, if nobody did it and all this happened without anybody doing it, in the backdrop of the material before the court. "But if you feel that offences have been committed then who is responsible is a matter of investigation," Sibal said.

The SIT gave a clean chit to Modi and in 2017, the Gujarat High Court upheld the clean chit. Zakia Jafri moved the top court challenging the Gujarat High Court order.

Rohatgi had contended that allegations have become wilder over the years, and emphasized that SIT diligently investigated each and every allegation, made recommendations for prosecution of many who had earlier been left out. He had submitted that allegations about a larger conspiracy were found to be based on the statements of three tainted police officers -- R.B. Sreekumar, Rahul Sharma and Sanjiv Bhat.



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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    If CM or PM claims all successes as their own, but disown any failures to prevent pogrom under their watch is morally corrupt. We lack CM s like Ramakrishna Hegde or the past stalwarts who resigned accepting moral responsibility if any untoward accidents happened under their ministry. Failure to deploy Army for 3 days despite their arrival itself shows the finger of suspicion on then CM. Sanjiv Bhatt who exposed the what took place in the meeting of top officials with Shah & CM itself es enough merit to show finger of suspicion on them. Anyway it seems judiciary always chooses to shy away from truth & justice if ruling party is in power & doesn't want to rub the wrong shoulders to get central agencies behind them, some got rewarded as R S membership after retirement like Quid Pro Quo.

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  • Sathya shetty, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Only truth triumphs

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Justice denied for poor old lady in this world but life hereafter she will be served fair justice.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Fri, Jun 24 2022

    Every one has to wait for the Last Judgement if and when that will come.

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