Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has welcomed the magistrate court order in his favour on the SIT clean chit in a 2002 riots case saying "truth alone triumphs". While remembering Mahatma Gandhi, Modi on Thursday tweeted, "Truth by nature is self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear"- Mahatma Gandhi.
The Ahmedabad court of Metropolitan Magistrate BJ Ganatra on Thursday rejected Zakia's plea against Special Investigation Team (SIT) clean chit to Modi. The court rejected Zakia's petition in its order passed on Thursday and upheld the clean chit given to Modi by a SIT in the killings that took place at Gulbarg Housing Society in Ahmedabad during the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The court observed that IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's statement cannot be relied upon.
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Meanwhile, SIT RK Raghavan welcomed the court order saying the investigations carried out by his team have been proved right. "We worked very hard in the investigations," he said.
Reacting to the court order, SIT lawyer RS Jamuvar said that Zakia is now free to approach the higher court. While the SIT had said that it has found no evidence whatsoever, Zakia had argued that there is adequate evidence to prosecute Modi and others who include police officers, bureaucrats and political leaders.
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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. IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's affidavit supports this allegation. 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."
Following the September 2011 Supreme Court order, the SIT filed a closure report in the magisterial court in February 2012. SIT lawyer RS Jamuvar said that the investigation agency did not find any evidence against Modi and hence the closure report had been filed.