Modi not given clean chit by Supreme Court

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Gandhinagar: The Opposition Congress in Gujarat today said the Supreme Court`s verdict in the Gulburg Housing Society riot case was not a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP`s claim that the party stalwart has been given a clean chit in the 2002 post-Godhra riot case was nothing but a false propaganda by the saffron outfit, Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil said here.

"The SC verdict is welcomed by all. But the BJP`s claim that Modi has received a clean chit is not true at all," he told mediapersons here.

"If the SC had felt there was no involvement of Modi (in riots) it would have upheld the Gujarat High Court verdict that had rejected Zakia Jafri`s application following which she had approached the apex court," Gohil said.

The Supreme Court today declined to pass any order on Modi`s alleged inaction to contain riots in 2002 and left it to the trial court in Ahmedabad to decide the course of action against him on the basis of the SIT report.

It did not deliver any specific order on the registration of a case against Modi and Government officials who were made party in a complaint filed by Zakia, wife of ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who lost his life in the Gulburg society massacre during the riots in Ahmedabad.

"When the accused is a powerful person it is difficult for the investigating agency to gather or collect evidences.

There is initial difficulty. After all allegations here are against the Chief Minister of Gujarat. So it is obvious that the probe agency would face difficulty," Gohil said.

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