Gujarat riots: Zakia Jafri, the wife of slain former MP Ehsan Jafri, has challenged a magistrate’s order upholding the clean chit given by the special investigation team (SIT) to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others regarding the allegations of a “larger criminal conspiracy” behind the Gujarat riots of 2002.
In a setback to Zakia, the Gujarat High court on Thursday rejected her plea challenging the lower court order on the SIT clean chit to Modi and others. The high court, however, allowed Zakia to approach higher forums for further investigation in the case.
Zakia and activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace had moved the criminal review petition against the magistrate’s order upholding the clean chit to Modi and others. The petition demanded that Modi and 59 others — including some senior police officers and bureaucrats — be made accused for allegedly being part of a conspiracy which facilitated the riots, according to PTI.
Zakia had also also sought the high court’s direction for fresh investigation into the matter.
Ehsan Jafri, a Congress leader, was one of the 68 people who were killed at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad when a mob attacked it on February 28, 2002. This happened a day after the Godhra train burning incident which set off riots in the state.
The closure report filed by SIT on February 8, 2012 had given a clean chit to Modi and others. In December 2013, the metropolitan magistrate’s court in Ahmedabad had rejected Zakia’s petition against the report, after which she had moved the high court in 2014.
Last year, a special SIT court had convicted 24 people in the Gulberg case, but had ruled out a larger conspiracy behind the killings.