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Verdict on Zakia Jafri's petition against Narendra Modi today
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:39 AM, News Network

Zakia Jafri, whose husband Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress party MP, was burnt alive during the 2002 riots in Gujarat, will find out today if her case against chief minister Narendra Modi, now the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, and 59 others stands closed.

Zakia Jafri in her petition has alleged that Narendra Modi colluded with senior ministers, bureaucrats and the police to fan the communal violence that tore through the state.

Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice & Peace (CJP) have been attempting to get serious criminal charges registered and investigated since June 2006.

The Special Investigation team (SIT), originally asked to further investigate nine major trials, was assigned the task on April 27, 2009. The SIT in its reports from 2010 onwards arrived at the conclusion that while several of the allegations were found to be correct, there was not sufficient material to prosecute the accused inclduing Narendra Modi.

In stark contrast to this, the Amicus Curiae senior advocate Raju Ramachandran looking at the same evidence collected by the SIT, came to a contrary conclusion, stating clearly that there was evidence enough to prosecute Narendra Modi.

Faced with this dilemma of two contrary assessments, the Supreme Court remanded the matter to a lower Court directing SIT to file its Final Report there.

The SC specifically directed that if the SIT filed a closure report, the complainants were fully within their legal rights to file a protest petition and access all Investigation papers/documents. Consequently, Zakia Jafery filed a protest petition on April 15, 2013 against the SIT closure report.

From June 24 to August 29, 2013 rigorous arguments in support of the Zakia Jafri's protest petition were made before Judge Ganatra, 11th Metropolitan Magistrate, Ahmedabad.

The court is set to pronounce the judgement today on Zakia's protest petition.

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