Zakia Jafri's complaint contains all irrelevant things: SIT

ZSIT's lawyer targeted contents of Jafri's complaint. IE photo

The lawyer defending the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT), which gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots case on the complaint by Zakia Jafri, today said that "her complaint contains nothing but all irrelevant things".

Opposing the protest petition filed by Jafri against SIT's closure report, its lawyer R S Jamuar said, "Zakia Jafri's complaint, at the behest of Teesta Setalvad and retired ADGP R B Sreekumar, contains nothing but irrelevant things, most of which are part of records of the Nanavati Commission".

During the third day of arguments, SIT's lawyer targeted contents of Jafri's complaint, which she had filed in the apex court in June, 2006, and also vehemently defended actions taken by the Modi administration during and after 2002 riots, in which more then 1000 people had died.

Zakia's petition demands filing of chargesheet against Modi and 58 others who she had named in her complaint filed before the Supreme Court. She had also sought further investigations by an independent agency other than the SIT.

Trying to demolish contents of the complaint, SIT's lawyer Jamuar described it para-wise and argued that most of the allegations were directly extracted from various affidavits filed by R B Sreekumar before retired Justice G T Nanavati-Akshay Mehta Commission and added that, "This material has no value for any judicial process before any civil or criminal court".

He also alleged that Sreekumar nurtures disgruntlement against the state government, as he felt he was denied promotion to the post of Director rpt Director General of Police. He began complaining about the government and Modi only after he was superceded, Jamuar alleged.

Pointing out "irrelevant" portions in the complaint, Jamuar cited contents about appointments of 'pro-ruling party' advocates as public prosecutors in rioting cases, the Chief Minister's public address during an election rally on September 19, 2002, early closing down of relief camps set up for riot affected people and transfers as well as promotions of certain IPS and IAS officers.

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