The Special Investigation Team on Monday opposed sharing with
activists its final report on the probe into allegations of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s involvement in 2002 riots,
as a court reserved till Wednesday its order on their plea seeking
access to the crucial document.
During the hearing in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate M S
Bhatt, the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT)
opposed the applications by Teesta Seetalvad and other activists,
saying some of them had no locus standi to be given a copy of the
SIT lawyer R S Jambuar said only after the court decides to close
the complaint holding that there is no evidence, the copies could
be given to the “original complainant” (Zakia), as per the Supreme
On behalf of the applicants, Zakia’s lawyer S M Vora said her
client, being the original complainant, should get a copy, as per
the apex court’s order.
After hearing both the sides, the judge reserved the order till
“We appreciate the court’s decision to give its order in only two
days time,” Setalvad said.
A day after
the Supreme Court-appointed SIT probing the 2002 Gujarat riots
filed its final report, petitioner Zakia Jafri had 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.
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.