Ahmedbad: The Gujarat High Court today rejected the petition filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the special investigation team's (SIT) clean chit to the then chief minister Narendra Modi and other bureaucrats in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.
Zakia’s husband Ehsaan Jafri, a Congress leader, was one among the 69 people killed when a large mob attacked Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident which set off riots in the state.
Jafri had moved the criminal review petition against a magistrate's order upholding the clean chit given by the SIT to Modi and others regarding the allegations of a "larger criminal conspiracy" behind the riots.
The petition demanded that Modi and 59 others, including senior police officers and bureaucrats, be made accused for allegedly being part of a conspiracy which facilitated the riots. It also sought the high court's direction for fresh investigation into the matter.