Gujarat: Decision on SIT report on Feb 15

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 12:15 hrs

Ahmedabad, Feb 13 (IBNS) An Ahmedabad court hearing the pleas of 2002 Gujarat riot victim Zakiya Jafri and social activists will pass its order on plea to share the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report's copy on the Gulbarg Housing Society massacre on Feb 15.

The SIT has, however, opposed sharing the report or the final report with the petitioners and said it needs more time to submit all documents.

The SIT said its work has been appreciated by the Supreme Court and Zakiya Jafri at this stage is not a party until the court decides it.

The court on Monday reserved its order after hearing the petition filed by 2002 Gujarat riots victim Zakiya Jafri, seeking details of the closure report filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report on the Gulbarg Society massacre.

Petitions filed by activists Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha seeking copies of the report filed in a sealed envelope were also heard.

SIT has strongly opposed sharing the report with Setalvad´s group.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Supreme court to probe the 2002 Gujarat riots cases has found no "prosecutable evidence" against Chief Minister Narendra Modi, media reports earlier said.

Zakiya Jafri, wife of Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri killed in the riots, wants to know if the SIT report had complied to the Supreme Court order.

The final report, in connection with the complaint filed against Modi by Zakiya Jafri, the wife of slain Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, is likely to bring respite to the Chief Minister and 60 others in the long-dragged case, if media reports are any indication.

The SIT has also said that it has found no substantial evidence to back suspended police officer Sanjiv Bhatt´s claims that Modi had ordered rioters to be given a free hand, media reports said.

Refusing to take a position on the merits of the case, the Supreme Court had last year instead directed the SIT to submit a final report to a trial court that it said should study the evidence and charges against Modi.

Ehsan Jafri was set on fire during the riots.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the BJP rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

In a major relief to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Gujarat High Court on Feb 1 had rejected a plea filed by an NGO to make chief minister Narendra Modi depose before the Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots.

The court said it is the discretion of the Commission to summon Modi or not.

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