Guj riots: Breather for Narendra Modi,Teesta's plea rejected

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Teesta Setalvad
Ahemdabad, Jul 16: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi must be relieved as a court on Monday, Jul 16 rejected to hand over the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report on riots 2002 to Teesta Setalvad.

Rejecting Teesta and Amrish patel's plea, the Ahmedabad metropolitan court allowed Zakia Jafri's lawyer to inspect the 25,000-page long SIT report for five days from Tuesday.

The court also asked the SIT to file an affidavit clarifying the fact that whether it has any document which had not been provided to the court or complainant Zakia Jafri.

The Supreme Court-appointed SIT earlier had submitted its report on investigation against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in a trial court hearing the 2002 Gulburg Society case in which 69 people were massacred during riots.

Zakia, the widow of slain Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, had stated that there was a larger conspiracy behind the attacks. Ehsaan Jafri too was killed during the riots in 2002.

The probe agency headed by former CBI chief RK Raghavan could not find any evidence on this to make Modi and others culpable.

It must be a major setback for Teesta Setalvad, a co-petitioner of the case. Earlier, the investigative agency SIT had opposed to handing over the report to Teesta and lawyer Mukul Sinha saying, "They (the activists) have 'no locus in the case'."

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