Zakia’s lawyer asks why riot probe panel spared CM

Zakia Jafri, whose politician husband was killed in the 2002 communal riots, has said that the sleuths who probed the Gulberg massacre case here had ignored the clinching evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in orchestrating the communal clashes.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Sat 17 Aug 2013, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:13 PM

Her lawyer told a court hearing her protest petition against the clean chit given to Modi by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that the probe officers suffered from the delusion that only those who killed and burnt people should be arrested while those who aided and abetted the crime were ignored.

Jafri’s lawyer Mihir Desai told the court: “The SIT is suffering from delusion that only those who had gone, killed and burnt should be arrested, people behind killing and abetting can’t be arrested... only foot soldiers were arrested.”

He pointed out that underworld dons were arraigned for conspiring the 1993 post-Babri demolition serial bombings despite not being present at the spot, and asked why SIT could not similarly implicate Modi and 57 others in the riots that left 1,500 people, mostly Muslims, dead. “Our case is also against those who provoked, abetted, aided and planned.”, said Desai.

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