New Delhi, Pretr. Supreme Court (The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Zakia Jafri’s plea in the 2002 Gujarat riots and upheld the clean chit of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) given to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others. A three-judge bench headed by Justice A Khanwilkar upheld the magistrate’s order and dismissed Zakia Jafri’s protest petition. This petition was given regarding the closure report filed by the SIT in 2012. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar are also included in this bench.

The bench termed Zakia’s plea as unfair. Zakia Jafri had described the 2002 Gujarat riots as a big conspiracy. Congress leader and former MP Ehsan Jafri has been named among 68 people who were killed during the violence on February 28, 2002, after the Godhra train arson. Zakia Jafri had challenged the clean chit of the SIT given to 64 people including Narendra Modi. On October 5, 2017, the High Court order was challenged by Zakia in which his petition against the SIT verdict was dismissed. On December 9 last year, the apex court had reserved its decision on the petition.

Edited By: Monika Minal