Gujarat Riots: HC Rejects Zakia Jafri’s Petition Against Modi


Gandhinagar: The Gujarat High Court on October 5 rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea challenging a magistrate order upholding a SIT’s (special investigation team) clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others on allegations of larger conspiracy in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Ms. Jafri, wife of slain ex-MP Ehsan Jafri, and activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace had moved the criminal review petition, demanding that Mr. Modi and 59 others — including senior police officers and bureaucrats — be made accused for allegedly being part of a conspiracy that facilitated the riots.

The SIT’s closure report, filed on February 8, 2012, gave a clean chit to Mr. Modi and others. In December 2013, the metropolitan magistrate’s court in Ahmedabad rejected Ms. Jafri’s petition against the report, after which she moved the High Court in 2014.