The Supreme Court upholds PM Modi’s innocence in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, dismissing a petition contesting the verdict

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Zakia Jafri, the wife of Congress politician Ehsan Jafri, who was killed during the riots, submitted this petition. Almost two decades after the infamous Gujarat riots, the pot is still boiling, but in what could be considered the final nail in the coffin, the Supreme Court of India upheld the SIT’s decision by dismissing the petition filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of then Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed during the riots. The appeal sought a further investigation and questioned the SIT’s exoneration of then-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others, including several top government officials.During the relevant proceedings, Mukul Rohtagi, the SIT’s representative, contended that the SIT performed a comprehensive investigation and discovered no prosecutable evidence. He further stated that Teesta Setalvad, the second petitioner, had vested interests and was waging a politically driven campaign in order to keep the topic of the 2002 Gujarat riots alive. On the other hand, testifying for the petitioners, Kapil Sibal, stated that he did not wish to single out anyone and highlighted that it was the SIT’s responsibility to determine who the culprits were and whether or not an offence was committed. He went on to say that the case might be ended if no one did it and all of this transpired in the context of the evidence before the court.The SIT cleared Modi in 2017, and since then, a number of campaigners have attempted to call the decision into doubt. Rohtagi further stated that the charges have become wilder over the years, despite the SIT’s comprehensive probe, pointing to the vested interests of a few activists and politicians to cause unnecessary controversy and shake peace and tranquilly.

By Subhechcha Ganguly