2002 Gujarat Riots: Clean chit to then CM Narendra Modi challenged by Zakia Jafri

Shivani Gadhavi –
Published On: November 10, 2021 at 17:42 IST

On November 10th, 2021, Zakia Jafri, the widow of Ehsan Jafri, who was an MP of the Congress Party and was killed in the 2002 Gujarat Riots, challenged the Special Investigation Team’s clean chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a Petition filed by her.

19 years after the massacre, Zakia Jafri is still awaiting justice for her husband, who was killed on February 28th, 2002, in Gulberg society in Ahmedabad along with 67 other people. This happened a day after the S6 coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt at Godhra station, in which 59 people died.

A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and CT Ravikumar is hearing the case in which Senior Advocate and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal is fighting on Zakia Jafri’s behalf. 

Kapil Sibal argued on her behalf and stated, “People were massacred because of police inaction… I just want the matter to be investigated… This is all about law and order and rights of individuals, there was a larger conspiracy at play in Gujarat, including, the complicity of bureaucratic officials, deliberate hate speeches and unleashing of violence,” he also contended that there is a body of evidence — 23,000 pages – that have been ignored by the Special Investigation Team that gave Narendra Modi the clean chit.

The Bench Adjourned the Trial from the 10th of November 2021 to the 11th of November 2021.

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