Supreme Court To Hear Zakia Jafri Plea Against PM Modi In Gujarat Riots On Monday

Supreme Court To Hear Zakia Jafri Plea Against PM Modi In Gujarat Riots On Monday

Supreme Court To Hear Zakia Jafri Plea Against PM Modi In Gujarat Riots On Monday (file image)

New Delhi: On Monday, the Top Court will hear the Victim of 2002 Gujarat riots, Zakia Jafri's petition challenging the clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Last year, her petition that alleges a "larger conspiracy" in the riots, was rejected by the Gujarat High Court.

The Top Court monitored SIT's report in 2012 had concluded that Chief Minister Modi took all possible steps to control the riots that swept through Gujarat in the aftermath of the killing of 59 people when coaches of the Sabarmati Express train were set on fire at Godhra station.

Zakia Jafri and the NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace, run by Teesta Setalvad's petition had seek a criminal trial, alleging that the then Chief Minister had turned a blind eye to the violence.

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The 80 year old Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, who was among the 69 people massacred at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002. A former Congress parliamentarian, Ehsaan Jafri was dragged out hacked and burnt by the rioters. Zakia Jafri had alleged that Mr Jafri's phone calls to police officers and senior politicians for help went unanswered.

In March 2014, she approached the court against the SIT's report which had also questioned the motive behind her complaint four years after the riots.

The massacre at Gulbarg Society - a cluster of 29 bungalows and 10 apartment buildings housing mostly Muslims - was among the 10 major Gujarat riot cases re-investigated by the special team appointed by the Top Court.

It was ruled out by the trial court that Mr Jafri opening fire in self-defence had "acted as a catalyst and infuriated the mob".