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The Supreme Court on Friday disregarded a petition filed by way of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s spouse Zakia Jafri difficult the blank chit given to the then Narendra Modi and others by way of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots. Was. A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar mentioned in its order, “We uphold the Justice of the Peace’s choice to simply accept the SIT file and disregard the protest petition.” There is loss of advantage on this enchantment, therefore the petition is disregarded.
The Supreme Court had reserved its choice on 8 December 2021 after a marathon listening to of 14 days. Ehsan Jafri was once killed within the Gulberg Society bloodbath all through the Gujarat riots. The 2017 Gujarat High Court judgment was once challenged within the petition ahead of the apex courtroom. The High Court had upheld the Justice of the Peace’s choice to simply accept the closure file filed by way of the SIT within the case. Following the Gujarat riots, Zakia Jafri had filed a criticism in 2006 with the then Director General of Police, Gujarat, in search of registration of an FIR beneath quite a lot of sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), together with homicide (Section-302). The criticism was once made in opposition to quite a lot of bureaucrats and politicians together with Modi. Modi was once the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the moment.
In 2008, the apex courtroom had constituted the SIT and requested it to put up a file on a number of trials in reference to the riots. Later, the SIT was once additionally ordered to probe the criticism filed by way of Jafri. The SIT file gave a blank chit to Modi. In the yr 2011, the Supreme Court directed the SIT to put up its closure file ahead of the involved Justice of the Peace and the petitioner was once given liberty to record his objections to the mentioned file. In the yr 2013, the petitioner filed a petition opposing the closure file. The Justice of the Peace upheld the closure file of the SIT and disregarded Jafri’s plea. After which Zakia approached the Gujarat High Court. The High Court within the yr 2017 upheld the Justice of the Peace’s choice and disregarded the petition filed by way of Jafri. Jafri, together with activist Teesta Setalvad, had challenged this choice within the Supreme Court to simply accept the blank chit of the SIT.
During the listening to within the Supreme Court, senior suggest Kapil Sibal, showing for the petitioner, claimed that the SIT didn’t read about all of the fabrics to be had and there was once bias in its investigation. He had argued that the state had helped unfold hatred. The our bodies have been proven on TV channels, which it appears sparked anger. The subject matter was once circulated to advertise financial boycott of Muslims. Distorted photos of Sabarmati Express have been circulated. Sibal mentioned that the accused police, bureaucrats and politicians have been exchanging messages on cellphones, none of which have been confiscated. Sibal had additionally discussed how some Gujarati newspapers propagated hatred. On the opposite hand, senior suggest Mukul Rohatgi, showing for the SIT, had termed the arguments of the petitioner as baseless and mentioned that the SIT had finished a radical investigation.