Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2002 Riots: SC Asks SIT If Zakia Jafri Can Get Documents

The Supreme Court today directed the SIT, which probed 2002 Gujarat riots cases, to apprise it on whether documents relating to the closure report of the case of killing of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri can be supplied to his wife Zakia Jafri.

"We direct the SIT (Special Investigation Team) Chairman to peruse the special leave petition (SLP) filed by the complainant (Zakia Jafri) and apprise us on whether the documents which are part of the closure report in the case can be supplied to the complainant or not," a bench comprising justices D K Jain and Madan B Lokur said.

The SIT headed by former CBI Director R K Raghavan had probed the riots cases including the Ahmedabad Gulburg Housing Society massacre case in which Jafri, a former Congress MP, was killed.

A trial court in Ahmedabad had on November 27 accepted the closure report filed on March 13, 2012 by the SIT in the case.

Zakia Jafri has filed the SLP challenging the order of the trial court rejecting her plea for supply of certain documents relating to the investigation in the case.

Jafri contended that the court's refusal to allow her access to documents pertaining to the investigation by the SIT into the case was coming in the way of her filing a protest petition against the SIT report.

SIT chief Raghavan and its member A K Malhotra, a retired IPS officer, who were present in the courtroom, however, said the slain leader's wife has been provided all documents relating to the investigation except those which were supplied to the apex court in sealed covers.

Malhotra stated that "all documents except the report" relating to the investigation carried by him has been supplied to Jafri.

The court was hearing Jafri's appeal against July 16 order of the trial court, which had rejected her demand for preliminary report filed by Malhotra in the Supreme Court after the inquiry into her complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others with regard to 2002 riots.

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