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Gujarat riots: SC rejects request for investigation into bigger plot

The Supreme Court dismissed a request for an inquiry into the “bigger conspiracy” connected to the 2002 Gujarat riots, which claimed over 1,000 lives, on Friday, claiming the request lacked merit. A Gujarat court’s decision to accept a Special Investigation Team (SIT) closure report clearing 64 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, of the larger conspiracy, was upheld by a bench of justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and CT Ravikumar.

On Zakia Jafri and social activist Teesta Setalvad’s appeal of the report, the bench reserved judgment in December. 69 people were slaughtered at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarga Society during the riots, including Jafri’s husband, former Congress Member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri. Zakia Jafri filed a complaint in 2006 asking for an investigation into 30 points, which she claimed proved the existence of a bigger conspiracy.

According to the bench, it is not possible to “countenance with the appellant’s [Zakia Jafri] statement on the rule of law violation regarding the inquiry and the manner in which the magistrate and the Gujarat high court dealt with the final [closure] report.” We support the magistrate’s decision to accept the report from February 8 and to dismiss the protest petition.

The Supreme Court, which monitored the probe into the riot cases, directed the SIT in 2011 to examine the allegations. In February 2012, the SIT filed the closure report. The petitioners unsuccessfully challenged the report before a trial court and the Gujarat high court before moving to the top court in 2018.

 

By TIS Staffer
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