New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea filed by deceased Congress leader Ehsaan Jafri’s widow, Zakia Jafri, challenging the clean chit given to then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, and 63 others for their alleged roles in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar upheld the Special Metropolitan Magistrate’s order rejecting Jafri’s protest petition against the closure report filed by the SIT.
The Supreme Court upheld the Gujarat High Court’s decision and ruled that Jafri’s petition lacked evidence.
Ehsan Jafri was killed during the violence at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the SIT, told the bench that the Supreme Court should endorse the trial court and the Gujarat High Court’s decision on Jafri’s plea; otherwise, it would result in an endless exercise that could go on because of some motives of social activist Teesta Setalvad, who is Petitioner Number 2 in the petition.
Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Zakia Jafri, told the top court that the SIT did not conduct an investigation but did a joint exercise, and its probe was fraught with omissions to protect conspirators. He also said that the officials of SIT as well as the police were “rewarded handsomely.”
Earlier, Zakia had moved to the Gujarat high court in 2014 after the magisterial court rejected the petition challenging the SIT report.