Supreme Court provides temporary breather for Narendra Modi

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New Delhi, Sept 12: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi can breathe easy for now when the Supreme Court has directed the SIT to file its final report in the lower court regarding Modi's role in the Gulbarg carnage. The trial court will later decide on the application in accordance with the law. The case had accused Modi of inaction in the face of the riots.

The news has not gone down well with Zakia Jaffri, widow of parliamentarian Ehsan Jaffri who was killed in the deadly Gulbarg Society carnage during the 2002 Gujarat riots. She asked, "Did the court find none of the evidence of the SIT appropriate." He added that it is possible that the SIT investigations haven't been done properly.

The outcome of the case will have lasting repercussion for the BJP in the state and the Centre. Modi, a strong contender for the PM's post from the BJP, the Godhra riots was a dark blot in his stellar regime as CM. In spite of facing many legal upheavals, Modi has managed to escape the legal clutches.

The SC appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was headed by the former CBI director RK Raghavan had earlier submitted its report on May 2010. The SC observed inconsistencies in the SIT report and the conclusions drawn by Raghavan. Following this, the SC has sought advise of amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran for further course of action.

So now the fate of Modi lies with the trial court who will look into the lapses he made as CM during the tumultuous Godhra riots period.

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