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Feb 09, 2012 at 10:17am IST

Gulbarg case: SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi?

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Ehsan Jafri killing in Gujarat on Wednesday filed a report in the case.

While the contents of the report remain under wraps, crime branch sources have claimed that the committee appointed by the Supreme Court hasn't found enough evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, the SIT officials haven't offered any confirmation on this.

The final report was submitted in a sealed envelope by SIT officials in a magisterial court in Ahmedabad as directed by the Supreme court.

"If this is true this is shocking development because SIT has enough evidence, which it refuses to investigate, deliberately ignoring. However, I would also like to say that our final reaction would be after we see the report. What we want to know is what judiciary would do. We would like to take our petition from the sessions court to HC," Social activist Teesta Setalvad said.

"Amicus Raju Ramachandran apprently has found some value in the complaint regardless of that, we know that there is lot of evidence of comlicity. We can't understand the hostility of SIT to record some of the evidence," Teesta added.

A petition was filed against Modi and 62 others by Zakia Jafri demanding his prosecution.

Zakia's former Congress MP husband Ehsan Jafri was among the 69 persons killed in the Gulberg Housing society riots. Around 1,200 people were killed in the communal riots.

The SIT report was submitted on a day when the Gujarat High Court dealt a major blow to the Modi government censuring it for "inaction and negligence" during the riots, holding that this had resulted in an "anarchic" situation.

On September 12, 2011, the Supreme Court had refused to pass any order on Modi's alleged inaction to contain riots in 2002 and left it to the concerned magistrate's court to decide the course of action against him on the basis of the SIT report.

The apex court was hearing a petition by Zakia alleging that Modi and 62 top government officials deliberately refused to take action to contain the state-wide riots, triggered by the February 27, 2002 Godhra train carnage.

The SC had further said in case the magistrate decides to drop proceedings against Modi and others, he has to hear the plea of Zakia, who had filed a complaint against the Gujarat Chief Minister and others.

Jafri had told the apex court that a proper probe should be carried out by the SIT, headed by former CBI chief RK Raghavan, into her allegations of inaction and various acts of omission and commission by Modi and others during the riots.

The apex court in 2009 had earlier handed over the task of probing the case to SIT which submitted its report in 2011.

(With additional information from PTI)

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