The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging a clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide.
The apex court was hearing Jafri’s appeal challenging October 5, 2017, Gujarat High Court order upholding the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate Court’s decision to accept the SIT’s closure report, which gave a clean chit to then Gujarat chief minister Modi and 63 others in genocide-related cases.
On 28 February in 2002, Jafri was hacked to death and burnt by a Hindutva mob who stormed the Gulbarg Society, a residential complex housing Muslim families in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city.
Zakia was fighting a legal battle demanding that prime minister Narendra Modi and others be held responsible for failing to stop the genocide.
Previous investigations into the Gujarat genocide commissioned by Gujarat’s BJP government have absolved the state police and government of collusion or intentionally failing to stop the anti-Muslim violence.
The genocide has long dogged Modi who was chief minister of Gujarat in 2002 and is still accused by survivors of genocide, Opposition parties, Muslim organisations, and several rights groups of tacitly supporting the Hindutva rioters.
On February 8, 2012, the SIT had filed a closure report giving a clean chit to Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was “no prosecutable evidence” against them.
Zakia Jafri had filed a petition in the top court in 2018 challenging the Gujarat High Court’s October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea against the decision of the SIT.