- Published on 26 December 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
A court today upheld the Special Investigation Team’s conclusion giving clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a case Congress MP Ehsan Jafri and 68 others were killed by a mob in Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad.
The case was filed by the wife of Ehsan Jafri, Zakia who claimed that frantic phone calls for help to the police and politicians were ignored. The SIT, appointed by the Supreme Court in 2008 to determine whether Modi should be tried for his alleged role in the riots, said in its report in 2012 no prosecutable evidence was found against the Gujarat CM.
Zakia had challenged the report of SIT. The court in its ruling today said that the evidence presented by Zakia's lawyers was not substantiated. The court also agreed with SIT's view that suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's affidavit could not be taken as evidence against Narendra Modi named as accused in the complaint.
In April 2011, Bhatt, a senior police officer, had said Modi told him and other cops to allow Hindus in the state to exact revenge for the killing of 59 kar sevaks on the Sabarmati Express near Godhra. This had triggered statewide riots.
In its 400-page judgment, the court, however, upheld the SIT's stand on the amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran's report, saying it needs to be trashed. Ramchandran had recommended Modi’s prosecution on the ground that his speeches during the 2002 riots promoted enmity between the two communities.
Party workers celebrated the court verdict through a fire cracker show at party headquarters in Ahmedabad.
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