Gulberg riots: No proof against Modi in SIT report, says court

Narendra Modi

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has found no evidence against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 61 others in the complaint filed against them by Zakia Jafri in the 2002 Gujarat riots, a Magisterial court said today.

The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court said the SIT had filed a closure report on Modi's alleged involvement in the riot case. The court also ordered the SIT to provide a copy of the bulky report by May 10 to Zakia Jafri. Zakia's husband, Congress MP Ehsan Jafri and 68 others had died in the Gulberg Society carnage.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate, M S Bhatt, passed the order after going through the 40,000-odd page report that was submitted before the court by the SIT after its investigation against Modi and the 61 others, among whom are top bureaucrats, politicians and police officers.

The report was submitted under directions of the Supreme Court after a detailed investigation was carried out by SIT to probe the alleged complicity of Modi. Zakia had sought a copy of the report, which was fiercely opposed by the SIT.

Magistrate Bhatt on Tuesday pronounced the order on Zakia's application, observing that the Supreme Court has made it clear the complainant has to be provided a closure report against the accused.

"According to SIT, no offence has been established against any of the people listed in Zakia's complaint," the court said. Modi was on the top of the list named in the complaint.

"Therefore, as per the Supreme Court's order and principle of natural justice, the complainant has to be given copy of the report and related documents," it said, adding no notice was needed to be issued to Zakia as she had already approached the court seeking a copy of the report.

"It is hereby ordered that as per Supreme Court order Zakia will be given copies of the investigation report, statements of witnesses and all related documents within 30 days of this order."

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