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Timeline of Gulberg Society massacre case

india Updated: Sep 12, 2011 15:06 IST
Mahesh Langa

February 28, 2002: Gulberg Society, a cluster of 29 bungalows and 10 apartment buildings housing upper middle class families mostly belonging to the Muslim community, was attacked by a Hindu mob, which breached the boundary wall and started torching houses. By evening, 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were charred to death.

June 8, 2008: Zakiya Jafri, wife of Ehsan Jafr, submits a complaint to be lodged alleging that the police had not registered the FIRs against Narendra Modi and 62 others including several ministers and high ranking officials of the state administration. However, the police have refused to lodge the complaint.

November 3, 2007: The Gujarat high court refused to entertain her plea, and instead asked her to present the case before magistrate’s court.

March 26, 2008: The Supreme Court ordered the Narendra Modi government to re-investigate 10 cases in the 2002 Gujarat riots, including the Gulberg Society incident. The court created an SIT headed by former CBI director Dr RK Raghavan to probe the cases afresh.

March, 2009: The Supreme Court asked the SIT to look into Zakia’s complaint for collusion of the state machinery and the rioters and also the role of the chief ministers and others mentioned in the complaint.

September 2009: SC lifts stay on trial of most important cases including the Gulberg Society case so trial began.

March 27, 2010: SIT summoned Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to clarify things. Modi was grilled for several hours regarding his alleged action or lack of it during the riots.

March 2010: Gulbarg Society case trial was stayed by the Supreme Court after the special public prosecutor RK Shah resigned after accusing the trial judge and SIT of being “soft on the accused”.

May 14, 2010: The Special Investigative Team (SIT) finally submitted its report to the registry.

March 11, 2011: SC asks the SIT to look into the doubts raised by amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran, who had replaced Prashant Bhushan as amicus curiae.

June 18, 2011: Ramchandran visited Ahmedabad and met material witnesses and others to prepare his report on the SIT’s report.

July 25, 2011: Ramchandran submitted his report to the Apex Court.

July 28, 2011: SC decided to keep the report confidential and declined to allow access to the Gujarat government and the SIT.

September 12, 2011: SC directs the trial court to decide whether Modi and others can be probed. The court has also decided to cease monitoring the case and no timeframe set for the trial court.