- Published on 28 October 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
A metropolitan court today deferred pronouncement on order against a petition against closure of Supreme Court appointed SIT, giving clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi in post Godhra riots.
The judge adjourned the case to December 2.
The petition has been filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress ex MP Ehsan Jafri who was burnt alive by a mob in the Glubarg society. SIT had filed a closure report in February 2012 saying that despite difficulties in obtaining evidence in the case because of the lapse of eight years, whatever material it could gather was not sufficient enough to prosecute those against whom allegations of hatching conspiracy for 2002 riots had been levelled.
Protesting SIT's report, Jafri, on April 15 this year, filed a petition demanding rejection of report as well as an order from court to file chargesheet against Modi and others.
While defending its report and demanding the rejection of Jafri's petition, SIT counsel R S Jamuar had submitted that no direct or circumstantial evidence had been found during its investigation which can prima facie support Jafri's allegations.
However, Jafri's lawyers argued that SIT, throughout its investigation, totally ignored the evidence and materials and even alleged that the SC-appointed probe agency was shielding the main culprits behind the 2002 riots, in which close to 1,000 people were killed.
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