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2002 Gujarat riots case: Hearing adjourned on petition challenging clean chit to PM Modi

GUJARAT: The Gujarat High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a petition challenging clean chit given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 riots case. The hearing was adjourned after petitioner Zakia Jafri's lawyer sought time on the ground of submitting additional documents.

The submission of Jafri's lawyer MM Tirmizi was objected by Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT). The SIT said that court should not allow submission of any additional documents now since all the relevant materials related to the case have already been submitted.

Following this Justice Sonia Gokani asked Tirmizi that what additional documents he wants to submit as the case pertains to revision of lower court's order and she will rely only on the documents which are part of the court. Tirmizi replied that his senior counsel wants to prepare a chart to brief the court. However following SIT objection Tirmizi didn't press for it.

Justice Gokani adjourned the hearing till August 4. SIT lawyers requested the court to conduct the matter on a daily basis. The court said it would decide on the next date.

This is the case in which the SIT gave a clean chit to Modi in 2012 who was then CM of Gujarat. The clean chit was based on a petition by Jafri against Modi and others for their alleged roles in 2002 post-Godhra riots. In December 2013 a metropolitan court upheld the SIT’s investigation. Jafri's husband, an ex Congress MP, was among 69 persons who were killed by a mob on February 28, 2002 at Gulberg Society in the aftermath of Sabarmati Express train carnage case in Godhra.

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