Zakia Jafris' appeal is rejected by the SC; what case did Modi receive a clean bill of health from the SIT?

Zakia Jafri challenges Special Investigation Team to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots . Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenged the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots .

NEW DELHI: Zakia Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenged the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots on Friday.The appeal filed by Zakia Jafri is devoid of merits and should be dismissed, according to a SC bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar and composed of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar.The case follows a massacre in Ahmedabad on February 27, 2002, when the Sabarmati Express carrying hundreds of karsevaks returning from Ayodhya was set afire, and the Gulbarg Society was attacked by a mob in retaliation as Gujarat's communal riots erupted.In the Gulbarg Society, sixty-nine people were killed, according to the group.

Zakia Jafri, his wife, filed a lawsuit seeking revenge for her husband and others killed by the communal mob, and later Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was named one of the accused.SC forms SITZakia survived the assault while hiding in a room on the first floor of their house.She filed a lawsuit alleging that police were behind the rioters four years later, in June 2006.Her FIR alleges a conspiracy to allow a mass killing of Muslims, claiming that the police and the bureaucrats did not respond to her husband's pleas for refuge.

Although a number of Gujarat riots cases erupted at different levels of the judiciary, with commissions and special teams formed to prosecute the cases, the Supreme Court established a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in March 2008, led by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief RK Raghavan.The SIT was founded by former Uttar Pradesh DGP CD Satpathy and Gujarat cadre IPS officers Geeta Johri, Shivanand Jha, and Ashish Bhatia.The SIT had been given the task to investigate nine cases, and the SC requested it to forward the findings to Ahmedabad's metropolitan magistrate court.Zakia had the privilege to challenge the SIT study, but the SC denied her.

In 2012, the SIT released its final (closure) report, stating that Modi and others identified as suspects by Zakia Jafri were ineligible for trial.The SIT's closure report was accepted by the magistratial court.Zakia filed a lawsuit to protest the conclusions of the SIT report, which she had seen earlier.The SIT reached one of the conclusions that the Gulbarg Society massacre occurred after provocation by Ehsan Jafri, who fired shotguns that caused the crowd to react.

The magistrate dismissed her appeal, finding no point in it.Zakia challenged a Gujarat high court order, which upheld the magistrates' decision in 2007 and dismissed her appeal in 2007.She then attempted to contest the Supreme Court's decision, assisted by Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ).Despite many phone calls made by the former Congress MP himself, she argued that Modi as Gujarat chief minister did nothing to save her husband and others at the Gulbarg Society.

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister for eight years, has been cleared of the charges brought by Zakia Jafri in the case.The Supreme Court dismissed Zakia Jafri's appeal on Friday, citing it as devoid of merits.We follow the magistrate's decision to accept the submitted final report from the SIT on February 8, 2012, as it is and reject the appellant's protest petition.We do not accept the appellant's testimony about a violation of the rule of law in the investigation and the court's approach in presenting the final report.

In its decision on Friday, the SC bench said, We order accordingly.(With inputs from government departments)Watch the 2002 Gujarat riots case: The SC dismisses Zakia Jafris' appeal, denying SITs' clean chit to Prime Minister Modi.