Zakia Jafri, the widow of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, on Monday demanded a chargesheet be filed against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 58 others for their alleged complicity in the 2002 riots and sought a rejection of the special investigation team’s (SIT’s) clean chit to them.
Zakia Jafari, wife of 2002 post-Godhra riots victim Ehsaan Jafari, visits her old house at Gulbarg Society, on the 10th anniversary of the carnage in Ahmedabad. PTI photo
Zakia, in her court petition challenging the Supreme Court-appointed SIT’s closure report on her husband’s killing in the Gulberg Society incident of February 28, 2002, alleged the SIT “covered up the crimes and misled the court”.
Zakia, in her 514-page petition, has also demanded that the SIT report be scrapped and a further probe by an independent agency be ordered into the circumstances in which her husband was burnt to death.
“She (Zakia Jafri) has filed two volumes of petitions and 10 CDs containing documents and other evidence. The court has directed the SIT to first argue on the matter from April 24,” a lawyer concerned with the case said.
The petitioner argued: “As part of the conspiracy to allow anti-minority riots, the administration and the police were deliberately paralysed and neutralised by the conspiracy hatched by Modi and others.”
Zakia alleged the main police control room in Ahmedabad ignored messages sent by policemen about violence being unleashed by karsevaks.
On the SIT’s dismissal of the evidence produced by suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, the petition stated “the credibility of the evidence related to the critical meeting held at the CM’s residence on February 27, 2002, must be tested during the trial.”
Bhatt had said Modi in the meeting had asked his officers to let Hindus vent their ire at Muslims following the Godhra train burning, in which 59 karsevaks coming from Ayodhya were killed.