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'Ruling a step in right direction'

india Updated: Sep 13, 2011 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent

The Supreme Court order in the 2002 Gulberg Society riots case is a step in the right direction, though families of the victims will have to wait a little longer for justice.

With this hope, Zakia Jafri, the 75-year-old widow of former Congress MP Ahesan Jafri and the petitioner in the case in which the apex court had given its order, told HT that she was willing to wait.

Asked whether she feels disappointed by the SC verdict, she said: "I don't feel disappointed. I was told in the morning that the court had given clean chit to Narendra Modi and others in the case, so I had reacted that it was disappointing. But that is not the case because the court has asked the trial court, which is the competent forum, to decide on the matter."

Jafri was among the 69 people killed in the Gulberg Society riots on February 28, 2002, in the days after the Godhra train burning incident.

Zakia filed the complaint against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others, based on which, the Supreme Court had asked a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. On Monday, the court refused to pass any order on Modi's alleged inaction to contain the riots and referred the matter to the magistrate concerned in Ahmedabad for a decision.

"The court's verdict is a positive step in right direction," Zakia said. "It will lead to a logical conclusion and justice to all those who have relentlessly fighting for justice for brutal killings of their family members and relatives."

The families have been waiting for justice for last 10 years but it seems they will have to wait a little longer, she said.

"We have been waiting for justice, people were killed for no reason other than they were Muslims," she said from her home in Surat. "But I have faith in the judicial system. I do hope that justice will be done in the case."