Gujarat Riots: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Challenging SIT’s Clean Chit To PM Modi

The Supreme Court will rule on an appeal in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others were given a clean chit by the special investigation team for their alleged role in the violence.

Gandhinagar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) cleared former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and numerous other people in the 2002 Gujarat riots, but Zakia Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, appealed that decision. The Supreme Court dismissed her case today.

On December 9, 2021, A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and CT Ravikumar reserved its verdict on Zakia Jafri’s petition requesting an investigation into the large-scale conspiracy behind the Gujarat riots.

The order was issued today by a bench led by Justice A M Khanwilkar.

During the hearing, the SIT informed the court that, with the exception of the current plea, no one has spoken out against its investigation into the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Zakia Jafri, the wife of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, who was slain on February 28, 2002, rioting at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad, questioned the SIT’s clean chit to the 64 persons.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the SIT, told the bench that if the Supreme Court did not support the trial court and the Gujarat High Court’s decision on Jafri’s plea, it would result in an endless exercise that could continue due to the motives of social activist Teesta Setalvad, who is Petitioner Number 2 in the petition.

According to Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Zakia Jafri, the SIT did not conduct an inquiry but rather a collaborative exercise, and its probe was riddled with omissions to shield conspirators.

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