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Riot case: SC refuses to rule on Modi


PTI | Ahmedabad, September 12, 2011 22:06
Tags : Riot case: Supreme Court | refuses to rule | Narender Modi | SIT | Zakia Jafri |

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to pass any order on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's alleged inaction to contain the 2002 Gujarat riots after the Godhra carnage and referred the matter to the concerned magistrate in Ahmedabad for a decision.

"God is great!" -- tweeted Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday summed up his reaction to the Supreme Court direction in the 2002 Gulburg Society riots case in just three words.

The reaction of the 60-year-old BJP leader reflected his relief over the order as he was being accused time and again by opposition Congress and activists of culpability in 2002 riots.

A three-judge bench headed by justice DK Jain directed the SIT, which is probing the riot cases, to submit its final report before the magistrate who was asked to decide whether to proceed against Modi and 63 others, which includes senior government officials.

The bench made it clear that there was no need for it to further monitor the riot cases. BJP hailed Supreme Court's order and said that it was a victory for Modi.

On the other hand, Congress said that the apex court's order was no clean chit for the Gujarat chief minister in the case.

The bench also comprising justice P Sathasivam and justice Aftab Alam said in case the magistrate decides to drop proceedings against Modi and others, he has to hear the plea of slain MP Ehsan Jafri's widow Zakia Jafri, who had filed a complaint against the Gujarat chief minister.

The court passed the order on a petition by Zakia Jafri alleging that Modi and 62 top government officials deliberately refused to take action to contain the state-wide riots, triggered by the February 27, 2002 Godhra train carnage.

Jafri, who lost her husband Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP in Gulberg Housing Society massacre during riots, had told the apex court that a proper probe should be carried out by the SIT, headed by former CBI chief RK Raghavan, into her allegations of inaction and various acts of omission and commission by Modi and others after the riots.

Reacting to court's order, Zakia Jafri said she is upset and disappointed. The apex court had earlier handed over the task of probing the case to SIT which submitted its report in the court.

Social activist Teesta Setalvad termed Supreme Court's order as a huge step forward.

After the SIT filed its probe report in a sealed cover, the court had also asked senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who is assisting it as amicus curie, to analyse the SIT probe findings and file a confidential report on it.

Ramachandran subsequently had submitted his report to the court, which passed the order after going through the reports by SIT and Ramachandran and referred the case back to the concerned Ahmedabad magistrate to decide the further course of action in the case.

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