Gujrat Riots Case: SC to hear plea Against SIT’s Clean Chit on April 13

When it hears the petition of Zakia Jafri, wife of assassinated MP Ehsan Jafri, the Supreme Court bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, and Justice Krishna Murari said it would not address any adjournment appeal on April 13. In the 2002 riots, Zakia Jafri has questioned the SIT’s clearance provided to then-Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

When the hearings started yesterday, Zakia Jafri’s lawyer, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, requested an adjournment until April because many lawyers were busy only with the Maratha quota case before the Constitution bench.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, defending the Gujarat government, resisted Sibal’s appeal for an adjournment, saying the case must be considered next week.

The Supreme Court set the matter for hearings on April 14 in February 2020, stating that the matter was already postponed several times and would have to be examined at some stage.

The SIT issued a final report in February 2012, clearing Modi and 63 others, including various senior officials, of any wrongdoing, stating that there was “no actionable evidence” against them. In 2018, Zakia Jafri filed a petition in the Supreme Court, questioning the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order dismissing her appeal against the SIT’s ruling.

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