SC to Hear Jafri's Plea in April
Supreme Court to hear Zakia Jafri's plea on April 14
The SIT's (Special Investigation Team) clean chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is being challenged by Zakia Jafri, widow of slain Congress leader, Ehsan Jafri, one of the 68 people killed at Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002. The ghastly crime was committed a day after the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra, killing 59 people and triggering riots in Gujarat.
On February 8, 2012, a Special Investigation Team had closed the case, giving a clean chit to Narendra Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was no 'prosecutable evidence' against them. Zakia Jafri had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2018, challenging the Gujarat High Court's order on October 5, 2017, after rejecting her plea against the decision of the SIT.
Ms. Jafri's plea also stated that after the SIT gave a clean report to the trail court judge, the petitioner had filed a protest which was dismissed by the magistrate without considering 'substantiated merits'.
The Supreme Court bench compromising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari posted the matter for April 14.Counsel for Ms. Jafri urged the apex court to post the petition after the Holi vacation. However, the top court said that the petition had been adjourned numerous times, and would have to be heard some day. The Supreme Court finally fixed the date for April 14.