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Gujarat Riots: Supreme Courtroom Confirms Clear Chit To PM, Dismisses Attraction


PM Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in the course of the 2002 riots (File).

New Delhi:

An enchantment in opposition to the exoneration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a 2002 Gujarat riots case by the spouse of a Congress MP killed within the violence is “devoid of deserves”, the Supreme Courtroom mentioned on Friday.

Upholding the clearance issued to the then Chief Minister of the state by a Particular Investigation Workforce, the highest court docket dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri, spouse of Ehsan Jafri, who was among the many 68 individuals killed in what got here to be generally known as the Gulbarg Society bloodbath.

It was one of many worst incidents of violence within the riots that started after a practice coach carrying pilgrims was burnt in Godhra, killing 59 individuals, a day in the past.

Ms Jafri, 84, had sought a recent investigation into the communal riots, alleging a bigger conspiracy involving politicians and the police.

Supreme Courtroom Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar had reserved the decision final December.

The bloodbath at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society – a cluster of 29 bungalows and 10 condominium buildings housing principally Muslims – was among the many 10 main Gujarat riot circumstances re-investigated by the particular group appointed by the Supreme Courtroom.

Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress parliamentarian, was amongst 68 individuals dragged out, hacked and burnt by the rioters. The Congress chief’s frantic cellphone calls to law enforcement officials and senior politicians for assist went unanswered, Zakia Jafri had alleged.

The Particular Investigation Workforce or SIT had submitted its closure report in February 2012 – a decade after the riots – and exonerated Prime Minister Modi and 63 others, citing “no prosecutable proof”.

In 2016, a particular court docket in Ahmedabad convicted 24 attackers for the bloodbath that the court docket described because the “darkest day within the historical past of civil society.” However the court docket, which additionally acquitted 36 individuals together with a BJP corporator on this case, underlined that there was no bigger conspiracy.

Over 1,000 individuals, principally Muslims, had been killed within the three-day violence in Gujarat in 2002.

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