2002 Gujarat riots: SC rejects Zakia Jafris's appeal against the SIT's clearance of PM Modi

Supreme Court denied petition brought by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress Member Ehsan Jafri . Zakia Jafri challenged the Gujarat High Courts order dated October 5, 2017, which upheld SITs clean chit .

New Delhi, India, June 24 : The Supreme Court denied the petition brought by Zakia Jafri, the widow of former Congress Member Ehsan Jafri, on Friday, challenging the Special Investigation Team (SIT)'s inspection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots.After cogitating, the Magistrate ruled the complaint invalid and denied the appellant's protest petition.We do not accept the appellant's testimony about a violation of the rule of law in the investigation, as well as the approach of the Magistrate and the High Court to the final report.We therefore agree that this appeal is devoid of merits and should therefore be dismissed in the aforesaid manner.The bench declared the order in its decision on December 9, 2021.Ehsan Jafri was one of 69 people killed during the brutality at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Jafri, told the bench, which includes Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar, that they haven't addressed any suspected involvement of the former chief minister, and that they are arguing for a larger conspiracy that has yet to be investigated by the SIT, and that Jafri's initial complaint was made by social activist Teesta Setalvad, who made allegations just to keep the kettle The SIT, which was appointed by the apex court, investigated the case and addressed then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other top politicians and bureaucrats with a straight smile.Zakia had challenged the Gujarat High Courts order dated October 5, 2017, which upheld SITs clean chit, citing a larger plot in the riots.Zakia had lodged a petition to the Supreme Court in 2014, seeking to 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 connection with the petitioners complaint dated June 8, 2006, and the evidence presented before the learned through the protest petition dated April 15, 2013.