September 12th, 2011
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SC to decide probe into Gulbarga Society massacre

Narendra modiGujarat: The Supreme Court is to decide today whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role should be probed for his alleged involvement in the February 28, 2002 Gulbarga Society massacre case. 69 people, including Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed by a rioting mob which attacked the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on February 2002, soon after the Godhra train burning.

The fight for justice has been lead by the wife of the late Congress MP Eshadn Jafri. Zakiya Jafri, the wife of Eshadn Jafri and a witness in the Gulbarg massacre case has been spearheading the fight for justice for hundreds of riot victims against Narendra Modi for the past 10 years, hopes to see justice in court today.

“I have faith I will get justice…I have not lost hope,” said Zakia. In her petition, Zakia says that there is overwhelming evidence of the direct involvement of the Gujarat government led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the violence post-Godhra. She also alleges the chief minister told officials at a crucial law and order meeting on the February 27 to go slow on rioters, and that he positioned senior ministers and party functionaries at selected police control rooms to monitor riots and ensure police inaction. She also says phone calls were made from the chief minister’s office to police officials and riot accused.

A Supreme Court bench of Justice DK Jain, Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Aftab Alam had reserved its order in the Gulbarg Society case on July 28. Reserving the order, the court said that it would pass necessary directions for the future course of investigation. On April 27, 2009, the Supreme Court asked the Special Investigation Team headed by former Central Bureau of Investigation director RK Raghvan to “look into” the complaint of Zakia Jafri alleging involvement of 63 people, including the chief minister, for their inaction during the Gulbarg Society carnage.

The BJP has extended support to Narendra modi even before the the court has arrived at a decision. It’s one of the most critical days in the long political career of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.



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