In 2012, a Gujarat court had rejected Zakia’s demand to make the SIT report public. Kapil Sibal used to be the Telecom Minister at the center then. On the same day he gave a statement in the media that innocent people are waiting for justice for 9 years and we are still fighting a legal battle in the court to get the copy of the investigation report. This time Sibal was standing in the Supreme Court as Zakia’s lawyer.
The conclusion of the SIT is beyond the main facts… My concern is for the future. Communal violence is like the lava of a volcano, which when it comes on the earth, causes great damage and has a bad effect.
Fire in the train and then riots broke out
On February 28, 2002, 68 people were killed at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad in riots that broke out just a day after 59 people were killed when a coach of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire at Godhra. These included former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri. His wife Zakia Jafri did not let this matter cool down. The name of the then CM Narendra Modi was also raised in the allegations of conspiracy. However, at the same time there were reports in the media that the SIT report found that no such evidence has been found to prove that the CM has given any illegal order. While such allegations were being made that the then CM had asked the police officers in the meeting to be soft on the rioters. It was reported quoting sources that former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had complained against the CM, was not present in that meeting. It is said that in 2012, Sibal and the UPA government had put in full force to make this report public.
Shock from Supreme Court today
Today the Supreme Court once again gave a setback to Sibal. Justice A.M. A bench headed by Khanwilkar dismissed Zakia Jafri’s plea against the SIT report for closure of the case and upheld the special metropolitan magistrate’s order. The top court also upheld the Gujarat High Court order and held that Jafri’s plea was not maintainable.
In April 2012, the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate had said, “According to the SIT, no offense has been proved against any of the names mentioned in the complaint of Zakia Jafri.” One of the names in this was that of Modi, who was then the CM of Gujarat. Then Jafri, in his complaint against Modi, had said that his council of ministers, police officers, BJP leaders together hatched a big conspiracy in the riots in which more than 1000 people were killed and most of them were Muslims.
All the attempts to implicate Modi through the unfortunate 2002 riots and fake encounters have failed one by one. Whatever efforts are made in future also, Modi will emerge stronger from it.
Arun Jaitley on Modi getting clean chit 9 years ago
Today, after the decision of the Supreme Court, once again the SIT report was accepted as correct, in which the Special Investigation Team cleared Narendra Modi of all the charges.
Investigation report and Zakia Jafri
On 8 February 2012, Himanshu Shukla, the investigating officer of the SIT, presented his report in the Metropolitan Court of Ahmedabad. On behalf of the court, it was said that the SIT has recommended not to pursue the case against 58 people including Modi in the report on the basis of lack of evidence. This closure report of the SIT was challenged by Zakia Jafri and the relevant documents were demanded.
Based on the court’s order, on May 7, 2012, Zakia was given the SIT’s closure report of 541 pages and about 22,000 pages of documents along with 14 CDs. Zakia also demanded four progress reports, which were submitted by the SIT to the Supreme Court. Zakia also got these reports on the orders of the Supreme Court. On the basis of these documents, continuous petitions were filed on behalf of Zakia. Zakia’s lawyers argued that the SIT did not pay attention to the vital evidence related to the case and was hasty in filing the closure report. However, today he got a shock once again.