NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear on November 26 plea of Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) to Narendra Modi. Zakia Jafri is the widow of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri who was killed by a mob in the 2002 Godhra riots.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said, “The matter will take some time for hearing. The plea will be heard on November 26”. The Gujarat High Court, last year, upheld the judgment of the metropolitan court and rejected Zakia’s allegations that cases such as Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulberg were part of a “larger conspiracy”.
At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said Zakia’s plea was not maintainable, and raised objection to Setalvad becoming the second petitioner in the case. Alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, Zakia had in 2006 demanded registration of a criminal case against the then Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, some ministers and bureaucrats in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots.