India Elections : Probe Modi’s role in riots, Supreme Court

The Supreme Court directed the Special Investigation Team Monday to investigate the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the post-Godhra carnage, including some of his cabinet colleagues and police officers, and submit the report in a three months time.

A two-judge Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and A.K. Ganguly asked the SIT to look into the complaint by Jakia Nasim Ahesan, wife of the former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri, and submit its report in three months.

The petition was filed by Jakia Nasim Jafri whose husband Ehsan Jafri, a Congress MP, was brutally killed by mob during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the state. Jafri and many others were roasted by a mob in a Gulbarg housing society; Jafri had sought police protection but was not provided.

The thrust of the allegations was that there was a conspiracy involving Mr. Modi and other Ministers, senior police officers and officials to commit acts after the Godhra train fire which would provoke and fan communal mob violence in the State and for conspiring to render the police and security force inactive to aid and abet the commission of crimes of mass mob violence in the wake of the tragedy.

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