New Delhi, Oct 5, 2017: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri’s plea seeking investigation into and action against the clean chit to the then-chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gulberg Society massacre during the 2002 riots.
Dismissing the petition filed by Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace, the high court ruled that there was “not a larger conspiracy” in the riots.
However, the High Court allowed Jafri to approach higher fora for further investigation in the case.
Jafri, wife of ex-Congress lawmaker Ahsan Jafri who was killed in massacre, and activist Teesta Setalvad 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. The hearing of the petition before Justice Sonia Gokani concluded on July 3.
The Gulberg Society was attacked a day after Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express was torched in Godhra on February 27, 2002. A mob attacked residents of the Gulberg Society situated in Chamanpura area of Ahmedabad and burnt down most of the houses. 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the incident.