Riots: Court asks Zakia to challenge SIT report by April 15

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A local court Monday ordered Zakia Jafri, wife of ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 riots, to challenge the SIT closure report giving clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others by April 15.

Metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra passed the order.

Zakia, through her advocate S M Vora, verified before the court that she has been supplied with all the relevant material in connection with the SIT probe in her complaint against Modi and others regarding their alleged role in the riots.

On February 13, a week after the Supreme Court order, the SIT had given the copies of three reports, including the preliminary report prepared by SIT member A K Malhotra, and two reports of Himanshu Shukla who was the investigating officer.

Meanwhile, Zakia, in a written reply to the application of SIT has taken strong exception to the "hostile" and "adversarial" attitude of the probe team in the case before the court and blamed the agency for the "delay".

"We would like to state categorically that the delay of one whole year (since the filing of closure report) was entirely on account of SIT's adversarial and hostile attitude towards my client, the complainant and their refusal to give the complete documents," states her reply filed through her lawyer.

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