March 3rd, 2012
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Gujarat court rejects Zakia Jafri’s plea

Zakia-JafriAhmedabad: A Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Ahmedabad rejected the plea filed by Zakia Jafri. The Gujarat riot 2002 victim had filed a petition asking the court to make public the final report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT). She had asked the court to break the seal of confidentiality that was on the SIT report. The court has said that the SIT will submit its final report on March 15 and Zakia Jafri can apply for a copy of the report after March 15.

The court had earlier deferred its order on Ms Jafri’s petition to get access to a copy of the report. The court had asked the SIT, probing the post-Godhra riots, to furnish all documents on which it has based its final report on Ms Jafri’s complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre case. The court had earlier rejected the petitions of social activists Teesta Seetalvad and Mukul Sinha, who had asked for copies of the report. Sources said that the agency had found no prosecutable evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Gulbarg Society massacre.

Ms Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, who was among 69 people allegedly burnt alive by a rioting mob on February 28, 2002 at the Gulbarg Housing Society in Ahmedabad where the Jafris lived. Ms Jafri alleges that when the mob attacked, her husband made frantic calls to the police and even to the Chief Minister’s office for help. A petition was filed against Modi and 62 others by Zakia Jafri demanding his prosecution in the riots that followed the Godhra carnage.


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