Court rejects Zakia’s protest petition against his SIT clean chit in riots
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Accepting the closure report given by a Special Investigating Team appointed by the Supreme Court, a court in Ahmedabad Thursday rejected a protest petition that blamed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the Gulberg Society killings during the 2002 riots.
The petition by Zakia Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, who was among the 68 people killed by a mob in Gulberg Society, was the only riots case in which the BJP's prime ministerial candidate had been named a conspirator.
Jafri said she would appeal against the verdict in a higher court.
"Satyamev Jayate! Truth alone triumphs", Modi tweeted in his reaction to the order by Metropolitan Magistrate B J Ganatra. "Will share my thoughts on the judgment with you all tomorrow."
The court said it completely accepted the stand of SIT chief R K Raghavan in the case.
Ganatra cited Gujarat's "history of communal riots" as it cleared Modi of his alleged role in the "larger conspiracy" and rejected the evidence put forth by IPS officers R B Sreekumar, now retired, Sanjiv Bhatt, who has been suspended, and Rahul Sharma, to support this.
He also said that the fresh evidence presented by the petitioner was not enough to proceed against anyone. "This court is of the view that the complainant's allegations are of collective, unclear and general nature," Ganatra said.
"Right now, this evidence is irrelevant in the current procedure, so this court is of the view that under the circumstances, if the seriousness of the crime is to be strongly believed, even then, before a court holds a citizen as an accused, it is the moral duty of the court to take into account every aspect of the case as per law," he said, referring to Jafri's allegation that Modi and the other accused were directly or indirectly involved in the larger conspiracy.