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Dec 10, 2012 at 10:47pm IST

Gujarat riots: SC bench refers Zakia Jafri's plea to larger bench

New Delhi: A Supreme Court bench on Monday referred to a larger bench the plea of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri's widow seeking documents on probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the Gulburg Housing Society riot case in Ahmedabad in 2002.

A two-judge bench of justices DK Jain and Madan B Lokur said it cannot go into the issue as SIT probe and related issues concerning the Godhra and other riot cases of 2002 in Gujarat was dealt by a three-member special bench which on September 12, 2011 had passed the order relating to supply of documents to Jafri's widow, Zakia Jafri.

"We are of the view that the said order was passed by another bench and so it would be appropriate that the matter be heard by the same bench. Let the matter be placed before that larger bench as expeditiously as possible," it said. The bench said it would not be proper for it to pass the order and propriety also demands that the matter be referred to the larger bench which had passed the order.

SC bench refers Zakia Jafri's plea to larger bench

The bench said it could not go into the issue as SIT probe and related issues concerning the riots was dealt by a 3-member special bench.

The apex court on September 12, 2011 had directed the SIT to forward its final report regarding the Gulburg Society riots to the local court. The SIT headed by former CBI Director RK Raghavan had probed the riot cases including the Ahmedabad Gulburg Housing Society massacre case in which Jafri, a former Congress MP, was killed.

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