MeraNews Network, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging the acquittal of Narendra Modi and several other political leaders for being a part of a larger conspiracy leading to the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. The bench will hear the matter in the third week of January 2019.
Ehsan Jafri, a former MP, was killed in a mob attack on Gulberg Society in Naroda during the 2002 Gujarat Riots. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had in its closure report filed on February 8, 2012, stated that no prosecutable evidence was found against Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat, and other politicians and senior bureaucrats. On October 5, 2017, the Gujarat High Court had rejected the plea by Jafri’s widow where she challenged the clean chit given to Modi.
Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the SIT, had claimed that Zakia’s plea was not maintainable. The hearing was earlier deferred by a week on November 19 and later on November 26, the matter had come up before Justices AM Khanwilkar and Deepak Gupta. The bench had again deferred the hearing by a week and later announced its third deferment today.