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Mar 18, 2014 at 05:02pm IST

2002 riots: Zakia Jafri moves Gujarat HC against clean chit to Modi

New Delhi: Zakia Jafri, the wife of late Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, on Tuesday filed a petition before the Gujarat High Court challenging the clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a 2002 riots case.

A lower court had in December 2013 upheld a SIT closure report which gave a clean chit to Modi in the Gulbarg massacre in which Ehsan was killed.

The order had come as a major boost to Modi, who is in the race for the PM's post in these elections. Zakia, however, had vowed to continue her fight for justice.

In its closure report, the SIT had said that it found no evidence whatsoever against Modi. Zakia, however, argued that there is adequate evidence to prosecute him and others including police officers, bureaucrats and political leaders.

According to Zakia's protest petition, Modi "instructed top officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger on Muslims after the Godhra train burning incident. Modi indulged in hate speeches that amounted to creating enmity between communities. Ministers were posted at police control rooms to interfere with effective police functioning."