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Timeline: SIT probe of Gulbarg society massacre

Here's looking back at the series of events from SIT probe into Gulbarg Society massacre case leading to the agency seeking closure of the case.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 20:05 IST
Hindustan Times

February 28, 2002: Gulbarg 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, 2006: Zakiya Jafri, wife of Ehsan Jafri, submits a complaint to be lodged as an FIR 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 9 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 Gulbarg 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.

May 14, 2010: The Special Investigative Team (SIT) finally submitted its report to the Apex Court 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. In the report, Ramchandran has reportedly differed from the SIT’s conclusion that there was no evidence to substantiate the allegations.

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 after the SIT submits its final report. The court has also decided to cease monitoring the case and no timeframe set for the trial court.

February 8, 2012: The SIT submits its summary report before a magisterial court in Ahmedabad.

February 9, 2012: Zakia Jafri and Teesta Setalvad move court seeking access to the report. The SIT objected allowing access to the report till the entire set of documents are submitted before the court.

February 15, 2012: Metropolitan court magistrate asked the SIT to submit its entire report including case papers, witnesses’ testimonies and other details by March 15, 2012.

March 15, 2012: The SIT submits its entire report and case papers.

April 10, 2012: The magisterial court observed that the SIT has sought closure of the case and found no evidence against the accused named in the complaint. The court also ordered the SIT to provide a copy of the report to Zakia within a month.

First Published: Apr 10, 2012 19:59 IST