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Updated: March 4, 2012 00:17 IST

Zakia Jafri's plea to make public SIT report rejected

Manas Dasgupta
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Zakia Jafri, wife of 2002 post-Godhra riots victim Ehsaan Jafri during her visit to her old house at Gulbarg Society, on the tenth anniversary of the carnage in Ahmedabad.
PTI Zakia Jafri, wife of 2002 post-Godhra riots victim Ehsaan Jafri during her visit to her old house at Gulbarg Society, on the tenth anniversary of the carnage in Ahmedabad.

Court will have to ‘draw a conclusion' after the SIT submits its full report

The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court has rejected the demand of Zakia Jafri, widow of the slain former Congress member in the Lok Sabha, Ehsan Jafri, for making public the report of the Supreme-Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on the 2002 Gujarat riots, with particular reference to the Gulberg Society massacre.

Delivering his order on Saturday, which he had reserved earlier this week after hearing the arguments of both sides, magistrate M.S. Bhatt ruled that since the SIT was yet to submit its full report along with the accompanying documents and annexure, no action was required on the report at this stage.

The court pointed out that as per the Supreme Court's order, it would have to “draw a conclusion” after the SIT submitted its full report before it could be made public. The court had given time to the SIT to submit its full report by March 15, only after which the court could draw a conclusion on the report.

The Supreme Court, in its September 2011 order, asked the SIT to file its final report before the magisterial court here and said that if the magistrate decided to close the case, he would be required to provide a copy of the full SIT report to the complainant, Ms. Jafri, and hear her before closing the case.

The SIT submitted its report in a sealed cover before the magisterial court last month on Ms. Jafri's complaint in the apex court, implicating Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 other top bureaucrats, police officers and political leaders in the 2002 communal riots.

Following the submission of the report, Ms. Jafri and some other parties in the case demanded a copy of the report as per the apex court's order. The court, however, had rejected it on the same ground, after which Ms. Jafri filed another application in the court last month demanding that the report be read out in the court.

SIT advocate R.S. Jamuar had opposed the plea pointing out that the Supreme Court order was specific about the metropolitan court taking a decision on the fate of the report, whether to close the case or ask for further investigation, which could be possible only after the full report was submitted. Till then, the report could not be made public as it was of a sensitive nature and could also influence the ongoing investigation in some other massacre cases.

You can get justice in India when its supreme court convicts best bakery witness Zahira Sheikh for changing statements without trying to know the cause of it. Instead offering her Protection Supreme Court of India Sent her Jail while those who killed more than 1000 innocents are still enjoying state sponsorship Shameless Judiciary only forms SIT and deny justice. Read History and you will note that since 1947 hardly few are convicted for riots and murders.

from:  M. Pervez
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 19:22 IST

Why does everyone in the discussion forum feel the need to charge at everyone who point a finger at Modi? Why can't you people look at that lady and empathize for the injustice? If you feel that some other sections of the society are not given justice, then do raise voice for that.
Absence of justice in some cases do not make a statement for denying justice for others.

from:  rakesh
Posted on: Mar 4, 2012 at 01:33 IST

Where are the stories of the plight of Kashmiri HINDUS, the killing of Hindus by Muslims, the burning of Hindu properties in the valley, the forced conversation into Islam by muslim threats ??
Why is the India media SHY ?? Why are the media not patriotic??

from:  Oniels
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 21:14 IST

There is no doubt that Ms. Zakia is been used by political opportuinist and the section of Media.

from:  ramratan
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 20:53 IST

These so called secularist want to tarnish the image of Modi at all costs While the Congress patry who was responsible for killing 3000 Sikhs and calling itself secular by joining the casteist Karunanidhi is trying to post image of secularism just to corner the Muslim votes Had the Sikhs been spread over India like the Muslims will Congress do this ? It reminds me of tamil proverb" trying to mourn by taking the body of dead chlid out of the grave"(Kuzhipllaiyai thondi ezhavu kondaaduvathu)

from:  Ram
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 19:10 IST

Ms Zakia has an incomprehensible request to make Modi a co_accused in the
Gulbarg Society Case.Modi was the Chief Minister. It is not his job to
personally look into every case. There are state officers to look into
that. According to her logic both ManmohanSingh and Sonia Gandhi should
be made co_accused in the 2G Scam Case and the Commonwealth Games
Corruption Case.

from:  Bhalchandra
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 18:02 IST
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