Fresh petitions filed in Zakia Jaffery case

Ahmedabad: A magisterial court today issued notices to Supreme Court-appointed SIT after social activists Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha filed two separate applications seeking the copies of the SIT report filed in the Zakia Jaffery case. The court of metropolitan magistrate M S Bhatt issued notices to the SIT and posted the hearing to Feb 13.

The SIT on Wednesday filed a closure report in the sealed cover on the complaint of Jaffery, wife of ex-Congress MP Eshan Jaffery. However, there was no official confirmation whether the closure report had given a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and closed the cases against him.

Jaffrey in her complaint had sought prosecution of Modi, along with 57 others, for aiding and abetting communal riots. Ehsan Jaffri was among the 69 persons killed in the Gulberg Housing society riots. Around 1,200 people were killed in the communal riots. On September 12 last year, the Supreme Court had refused to pass any order on Modi`s alleged inaction in containing riots in 2002 and left it to the concerned magistrate`s court to decide the course of action against him on the basis of the SIT report.

In the petition, Zakia had alleged that Modi and 62 top government officials deliberately refused to take action to contain the state-wide riots, triggered by the February 27, 2002 Godhra train carnage. The SC had further said that in case the magistrate decides to drop proceedings against Modi and others, he has to hear the plea of Zakia, who had filed a complaint against the chief minister and others.

Jaffery had told the apex court that a proper probe should be carried out by the SIT, headed by former CBI chief R K Raghavan, into her allegations of inaction and various acts of omission and commission by Modi and others during the riots. The apex court in 2009 had earlier handed over the task of probing the case to SIT which submitted its report in 2011.