‘Zakia can’t file protest plea against SIT report’

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A local court on Tuesday ruled that Zakia Jafri, whose husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Zafri was killed in the 2002 riots, has lost the right to file protest petition against the SIT report due to lapse of time.

Jafri was among 69 people killed by a mob during the riots at Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002.

Metropolitan Magistrate B J Ganatra in his nine-page order stated that Zakia's right to file protest application is closed since she failed to file the petition despite being given reasonable opportunities and time. Therefore, her prayer seeking more time to file the application is not reasonable.

The court said she can now only make oral submission regarding her protest against the SIT report.

The SIT had submitted its final report in the court regarding case giving a clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in February.

The SIT had provided a copy of the report to Zakia in May asking her to file a protest petition within the stipulated time of two months. However, the protest petition has not yet been filed.

According to SIT counsel R S Jamuar, the applicant was unnecessarily delaying the process and therefore it opposed Zakia's prayer seeking more time. He said that since September 13, she had been promising that she would file the protest application, but she kept delaying it.

Zakia has filed a Special Leave Application before the Supreme Court seeking clarification whether her complaint is limited to Gulberg Society massacre.

Her lawyer S M Vohra told the court that they have approached the SC seeking a clarification on certain issues and the next date of hearing of the case in the apex court is December 3.

Vohra sought time from the court till the hearing in the case is over in the Supreme Court.

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