2002 Gujarat riots: SC adjourns Zakia Jafri’s plea against PM Modi’s acquittal till July
New Delhi, Feb 11: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned till July Zakia Jafri's petition challenging the acquittal of Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat in the 2002 Godhra riots case.
Zakia Jafri is the widow of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri who was killed by a mob which attacked the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002.
Zakia Jafri has challenged an October 5, 2017 judgment of the Gujarat High Court which upheld the clean chit given to several politicians and senior bureaucrats by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in its closure report, citing lack of "prosecutable evidence" against them.
The petition further says the High Court refused to interfere with the Magistrate's order "despite large amount of documentation and contemporaneous evidence that existed which made out a triable case against all the accused".
The petition by Zakia says she in her case had levelled allegations against various bureaucrats, police officers and political leaders for alleged "conspiracy, abetment and hate speech" culminating in the 2002 violence.
Zakia says in her petition that "as contemporaneous official data began to be released, including the intelligence collected by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), it transpired that the SIB had information about systematic movements of 'kar sevaks' and accumulation of arms, which was ignored and facilitated by inaction".
In 2012, a metropolitan court acquitted all 58 accused in the post-Godhra riots in which 69 people were killed.