05 October, Ahmedabad
The Gujarat High Court Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging a lower court order upholding SIT’s clean chit to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others on allegations of larger conspiracy in 2002 post-Godhra riots.
The high court, however, allowed Zakia to approach higher forums for further investigation in the case.
Mrs. Zakia, the wife of slain former MP Ehsan Jafri moved the criminal review petition against the lower court order and sought the high court’s direction for fresh investigation into the matter.
Jafri, a Congress leader, was among 68 people who were killed at the Gulberg Society riot in 2002 in Ahmedabad.
The SIT’s closure report, filed on February 8, 2012, gave a clean chit to Modi and others. In December 2013, the metropolitan magistrate’s court rejected Jafri’s petition against the report, after which she had moved the high court in 2014.