The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on November 19 a plea against the clean chit granted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a case related to allegations of a “larger conspiracy” behind the 2002 Gujarat riots, ANI reported.
Zakia Jafri, the wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, has filed the petition. At least 69 people, including Ehsan Jafri, were killed when a mob went on a rampage in Ahmedabad’s Gulberg society on February 28, 2002, pelting stones and setting fire to homes.
In October 2017, the Gujarat High Court upheld a 2012 judgement by a magistrate’s court in the state that accepted the Special Investigation Team’s closure report that gave a clean chit to Modi and 58 others in connection with the 2002 riots.
The High Court had said there was no “larger conspiracy” behind the riots as alleged in Jafri’s petition. However, Justice Sonia Gokani allowed her to file a plea in the magisterial court or the Supreme Court, demanding a new investigation.