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Supreme Court dismisses Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi

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The Supreme Court on Friday pronounced its verdict on the plea of Zakia Jafri, who challenged the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The court has dismissed her plea and said that they uphold the decision of the Magistrate in accepting the closure report submitted by the SIT in the larger conspiracy probe in the Gujarat riots in 2002.

The bench said that they do not countenance the contention of the petitioner regarding the infraction of rule of law in the investigation.

The judgement was pronounced by the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar.

The SC also said that the appeal of Zakia Jafri is devoid of merits and deserves to be dismissed.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was grateful after the pronouncement of the verdict in Zakia Jafri’s petition.

A bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar had reserved their judgement on Zakia Jafri’s petition seeking a probe behind the Gujarat riots on December 9, 2021.

Zakia Jafri is the widow of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the Gulberg Society massacre during the 2002 Gujarat riots. She filed the special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the October 2017 judgement of the Gujarat High Court. The High Court at that time granted liberty to Jafri to seek further investigation.

The Supreme Court in 2011 directed the SIT to submit its closure report before the concerned Magistrate and the petition was then given the liberty to file her objections, if any, to the report.

The petitioner was handed a copy of the same in 2013 and then, she filed a petition opposing the closure report, which gave a clean chit to several bureaucrats and other politicians, including Narendra Modi.

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