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Gujarat riots: SC says would like to peruse SIT’s closure report

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Gujarat riots: SC says would like to peruse SIT’s closure report
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Gujarat riots: SC says would like to peruse SIT’s closure report
Gujarat riots: SC says would like to peruse SIT’s closure report

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Co urt on Tuesday said it would like to peruse the closure report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) giving a clean chit to 64 people, including Narendra Modi, who was the Gujarat chief minister during the 2002 riots in the state, and the justification given by the magisterial court while accepting it.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar commenced the hearing on the plea of Zakia Jafri, the wife of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, challenging the SIT’s clean chit with her lawyer Kapil Sibal submitting, “We are not concerned with high dignitaries. There is nothing political. We are on law and order and the rights of an individual.”
The senior lawyer said that he did not want conviction of the persons named in Jafri’s complaint at the moment and his case was that there was “a larger conspiracy where there was bureaucratic inaction, police complicity, hate speeches and unleashing of violence”.
While Sibal was making the submissions, the bench, which also comprised Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar, said “we want to see the justification given in the closure report (of the SIT). We want to see the order of the magistrate and his reasoning in accepting the report.”

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