2002 Gujarat riots case: Zakia Jafri’s plea against PM Modi rejected


New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging a clean chit by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the state’s top politicians including then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and bureaucrats in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The court has not accepted Jafri’s allegation of “a larger conspiracy.”

Zakia Jafri’s husband Ehsaan Jafri, a Congress leader, was one of 69 people killed when a large mob attacked Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002.

Zakia Jafri had approached the high court in March 2014 against a lower court verdict accepting the SIT’s report, which concluded that then Chief Minister Modi took all possible steps to control the riots that swept through Gujarat after coaches of the Sabarmati Express train were set afire at Godhra station in the state, killing 69 people.

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