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Zakia’s husband Ehsan Jafri was killed in the Gulberg Society massacre during the Gujarat riots.
The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition against the SIT report giving clean chit to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots. This petition was filed by Zakia Jafri. Zakia Jafri’s husband Ehsan Jafri died in these riots. The Supreme Court said that there is no merit in Zakia’s petition.
Ehsan Jafri, 72, was a Congress leader and MP. He was kicked out of his Gulberg Society house in North Ahmedabad to death by an angry mob. Zakia had challenged the magistrate’s order in the case of conspiracy to riot. The magistrate had accepted the closure report of the SIT, in which 63 people, including the then CM Narendra Modi, were freed from the charge of plotting the riots. The High Court has also upheld this decision as correct.
The SIT had investigated the Gujarat riots on the directions of the Supreme Court.
Zakia had demanded registration of a murder case
After the Gujarat riots, Zakia had complained to the state DGP (Director General of Police) in 2006 against Narendra Modi, several officers and leaders. Zakia’s demand was that FIR should be registered against these people under various sections including murder. Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat then.
Supreme Court had constituted SIT
In 2008, the Supreme Court constituted the SIT. He was ordered to present a report on all the hearings held in the matter. Later the investigation of Zakia’s complaint was also handed over to the SIT. SIT gave clean chit to Modi. In 2011, on the orders of the Supreme Court, the SIT submitted the closure report to the magistrate.
In 2013, Zakia filed a petition opposing the report. The magistrate upheld the closure report and dismissed Jafri’s plea. After this Zakia approached the Gujarat High Court. The High Court upheld the magistrate’s decision in 2017. Then Zakia challenged the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court.
Zakia Jafri with a picture of her husband Ehsan Jafri.
Supreme Court reserves judgment in December 2021
The matter was heard in the Supreme Court by a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar. The arguments were made by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal on behalf of the petitioner, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of SIT and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on behalf of Gujarat. After this, the bench had reserved the decision on 9 December 2021.
Sibal’s argument – important aspects were ignored
In this case, the petitioner’s lawyer Kapil Sibal told the court that the SIT did not investigate the important aspects of the case. This would prove that the police was not active in this case. Sibal also said that the way the investigation was conducted by the SIT, it seems that she is trying to hide something.
SIT’s argument – we have done our job
SIT’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi said – No one has been saved and the entire investigation has been done in depth. A total of 275 people were questioned. No evidence was found to prove the conspiracy.
The Gulberg Society massacre took place in 2002 during the Gujarat riots.
What is Gulberg Society massacre case
In 2002, communal violence erupted in Gujarat after the Godhra incident. The miscreants had targeted the ‘Gulberg Society’, a minority community settlement in East Ahmedabad. In this, 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed. Out of these, the bodies of 38 people were recovered. While 31 people including Jafri were said to be missing.