2002 Gujarat riots: SC dismisses Zakia Jafris plea challenging SITs clean chit to 64 people, including then CM Narendra Modi

Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed in the Gulberg Society massacre in Ahmedabad . Zakia Jafris widow, Ehsan Jafri, brought a lawsuit challenging the then chief minister Narendra Modis clear chit during the 2002 Gujarat riots .

NEW DELHI: Zakia Jafri's widow, Ehsan Jafri, brought a lawsuit challenging the then chief minister Narendra Modi's clear chit during the 2002 Gujarat riots by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) at the Supreme Court on Friday.Justice A M Khanwilkar, the deputy mayor, rescinded the Special Metropolitan Magistrates order, rejecting a Jafris protest against the SIT's closure report.The Gujarat high court upheld the Gujarat high court order, finding that the Jafris plea is unconvenient.On February 28, 2002, Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed in the Gulberg Society massacre in Ahmedabad.

After the SIT led by former CBI chief R Raghavan found that there was no prosecutable evidence against the Gujarat CM, Jafri approached the apex court.The SIT had commenced the investigation under the supervision of the apex court.Zakia Jafri pleaded for an investigation into a larger plot behind the Gujarat riots on December 9, 2021.SIT did not conduct a thorough investigation of all the documents that suggest a larger scheme, but the apex court bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and C T Ravikumar denied her argument and dismissed her charge.

When defending the SIT probe, senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi requested that the Jafris petition be rejected.SIT has rejected Jafri's appeal, arguing that there is a sinister plot behind the lawsuit to trace the bigger story behind the 2002 Gujarat riots, and that Jafri's original complaint was directed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, who levelled allegations just to keep the fire burning.Setalvad had also challenged the Gujarat High Court's refusal to reopen the SIT's closure report in October 2017.The SIT, which was supervised by the apex court, had investigated the situation and acted as a defense to Modi and other top politicians and bureaucrats.

Zakia had filed a complaint against the Supreme Court, alleging a larger involvement in the riots, in the Gujarat High Courts order dated October 5, 2017, which upheld SITs clean chit.The Gujarat Supreme Court had upheld the magisterial courts order, accepting the SIT's closing study.Zakia had approached the Gujarat high court in 2014 after the magisterial court refused a petition challenging the SIT report.Zakia had said in her petition to the Supreme Court that she would grant ad-interim order to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to carry out a further investigation under section 173(8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in relation to the petitioners' complaint dated June 8, 2006 and the evidence presented to the learned through a protest petition dated April 15, 2013.