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SIT report to activists: Court reserves order till Feb 15

Monday February 13, 2012 11:31:16 PM, Agencies

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Ahmedabad: 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 report.

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 Court’s order.

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 February 15.

“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.







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