SC adjourns hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea, next hearing on Nov 26


2002 riots

The Supreme Court Monday adjourned till November 26 Zakia Jafri’s petition facing the acquittal of Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, and several others in the 2002 Godhra riots case. Zakia’s Special Leave Petition (SLP) came up last week before Justices A M Khanwilkar and Deepak Gupta who confirmed November 19 as the date for the hearing.

Zakia Jafri is the widow of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri who was killed by a mob which challenged the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002.

Zakia Jafri has challenged an October 5, 2017 judgment of the Gujarat High Court which upheld the clean chit given to various politicians and senior bureaucrats by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in its closure report, citing lack of “prosecutable evidence” against them.

The Gujarat High Court, last year, upheld the judgment of the metropolitan court and discardedZakia’s allegations that cases such as NarodaPatiya, Naroda Gam, and Gulberg were part of a “larger conspiracy”. Five years after the Gujarat riots, Zakia had made rules against Modi and the officers from the state machinery.

In 2012, a metropolitan court acquitted all 58 accused in the post-Godhra riots in which 69 people were killed. “According to the SIT, no offense has been set up against any of the 58 persons listed in Zakia’s complaint,” metropolitan magistrate MS Bhatt had then said. The petitioners had then moved the High Court against the acquittal in 2013.

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