Ahmedabad, Mar 20 IBNS | 4 months ago

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday deferred till Apr 11 the hearing of a plea filed by Zakia Jafri against state chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case.


The 2002 Gujarat riots victim, Zakia Jafri, filed a plea where she challenged the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to Modi.

In April last year, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's wife Zakia Jafri filed a protest petition in a Gujarat court against the SIT's closure report on the Gulbarg Housing Society massacre case.

The SIT report in the 2002 riots cases concerning the Gulbarg Society killings did not find any prosecutable evidence against Modi and 61 others.

The Supreme Court in February last year had allowed Zakia Jafri to file a fresh protest petition.

Zakia Jafri, the main petitioner in the Gulbarg Housing Society case, earlier said the Supreme Court appointed SIT gave her an incomplete copy of its closure report on the 2002 massacre.

She alleged around 20 pages of the closure report are missing from the copy that was handed over to her on May 7, 2012.

An Ahmedabad court in April, 2012 directed that Zakia Jafri should be given within a month a copy of the final report of the SIT on the Gulbarg Housing Society massacre in which Ehsan Jafri was burnt to death.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

(Posted on 21-03-2014)