News Live Updates: The Supreme Court rejects Zakia Jafri’s appeal while upholding the SIT’s clearance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots case.
A petition calling for an investigation of the riots in Gujarat in 2002 that claimed 1,000 lives was rejected by the Supreme Court because it lacked merit.
The Special Investigation Team’s closure report cleared 64 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat. The Supreme Court bench upholds the Gujarat high court’s decision.
The Supreme Court has rejected a petition brought by the widow of deceased Congressman Ehsaan Jafri, Zakia Jafri, which questioned the special investigation team’s decision to exonerate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 63 other people for their alleged involvement in the violence.
On February 28, 2002, Ehsan Jafri died as a result of the unrest at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad.
The Gujarat High Court’s order, which rejected Zakia Jafri’s appeal against the SIT decision and cleared PM Narendra, who was the Gujarat CM in 2002, and 63 others, in December of last year, was the subject of a petition by Zakia Jafri. The court had reserved its decision on that petition.
Senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi, who represented the SIT, informed the bench that if the trial court and the Gujarat High Court’s ruling on Jafri’s appeal is not upheld, it might lead to an interminable process because of the intentions of social activist Teesta Setalvad, Petitioner Number 2 in the case.
The SIT did not conduct an inquiry, but rather a collaborative exercise, and its investigation was riddled with omissions to shield conspirators, according to Kapil Sibal, who appeared on behalf of Zakia Jafri before the top court. Additionally, he said that both police and SIT employees were “honourably compensated”.