Gulbarg Society massacre case: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred hearing till November 26 on Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging clean chit given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case. Zakia is wife of deceased Gujarat Congress leader Ehsan Jafri. She had moved top court contesting the SC-appointed SIT decision to give clean chit to then Chief Minister Modi, politicians and senior bureaucrats.
“The matter will take some time for hearing. The plea will be heard on November 26,” a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said.
At the outset, senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for SIT said Zakia Jafri’s plea was not maintainable and social activist Teesta Seetalvad cannot be the second petitioner in the case. To this, the top court said that it will look into the application for making Teesta Setalvad as co-petitioner in Zakia’s Special Leave Petition (SLP).
In her petition, Zakia has challenged the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 judgment to uphold a magistrate order accepting the closure report filed the SIT. She has termed the court’s order erroneous and demanded that the case be reopened.