There are many differences between the preliminary inquiry reports of the SIT and its final investigation report, which gave clean chit to Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case.
The preliminary inquiry report filed by SIT, headed by R K Raghavan, in 2010, had substantiated eight allegations leveled by the complainant Zakia Jaffery, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffery, against the state administration. However, the final investigation report has given it a clean chit.
In an application before a local court yesterday Zakia demanded some crucial documents from the SIT, including Raghavan's comments on the preliminary inquiry report that was submitted by the SIT in the Supreme Court in 2010, besides all the reports that were filed by the SIT from time to time in the apex court about the investigation.
The allegations that were substantiated in the preliminary report of 2010 was that the two senior ministers of Modi government Ashok Bhatt and I K Jadeja were positioned in Ahmedabad city police control room and state police control room respectively on February 28, 2002, when the Gulburg Society massacre took place. The SIT report said that the allegation is partly substantiated.
However, in its 2012 final report the SIT said that though Jadeja was present in the state police control room, he did not interfere with the police work.
The report further said that there is no proof of Ashok Bhatt being present in the Ahmedabad city police control room.
On the action-reaction statement of Modi during in an interview to Zee TV, the 2010 report says, "His (Modi's) statement on Zee TV was too strong at a time when feelings were running high. This showed a measure of thoughtlessness and irresponsibility on part of a person holding high public office".
However, the 2012 report said that though such a statement was said by Modi, it does not amount to any type of offence. The SIT report further said, "As per Modi's version he had not and would never justify any action or reaction by a mob against innocents".