Gujarat High Court raps Narendra Modi government
High Court Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi government in
the state for "inaction and negligence" during the 2002 post-Godhra
riots that led to large-scale destruction of religious
Ahmedabad: A day after
the Supreme Court-appointed SIT probing the 2002 Gujarat riots
filed its final report, petitioner Zakia Jafri Thursday threatened
to file a protest plea.
A statement from Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvad said they have
sought a copy of the report.
They said if it is a closure report,
a protest petition would be filed.
A magisterial court has issued a notice to the Special
Investigation Team after Setalvad and another activist, Mukul
Sinha, separately sought copies of the SIT report.
According to reports, the SIT has given a clean chit to Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the post Godhra riots.
Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed
with 68 others at Gulberg Society, had filed a petition blaming
Modi and 62 others for inciting the violence.
The BJP meanwhile said this was the third time Modi has been given
a clean chit and the matter should be dropped now.
"If the report is right, then I would like to say this issue has
been probed three times now," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
"The first probe was by Gujarat Police, then the Geeta Johri
enquiry, that was also under Supreme Court, and the third by this
SIT of Supreme Court."
On poll tour in Uttar Pradesh, Jaitley said, "All three reports
are speaking the same language. I believe this chapter should be
closed now. Those who want to keep this issue alive now only have
a political motive."
He also mentioned that the high court order saying the government
should bear the expenses for repairing the damage to religious
monuments during the riots, and said even as the court order
should be followed, a secular government should not spend the
exchequer's money on religious monuments.