The Gujarat Court has directed the SIT to hand over a copy of its findings to Zakia Jaffri, “only if the court decides to close the complaint holding that there is no evidence.” Matter has been confirmed by SIT lawyer RS Jambuar, adding that the vital documents must be kept under heavy security. The pleas of Teesta Setalvad and Mukul Sinha were denied by the court. They have not been granted access to the report. The hearing happened in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate MS Bhatt.
Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court opposed the petition filed by Teesta Seetalvad and Mukul Sinha on grounds that they had no locus standi to be handed over the report’s copy.
The Special Investigation Team has also sought a time frame of one month for submission of statements, evidences and documents that are related to the probe to the court, on grounds that the the entire content is voluminous and haphazardly compiled. Time has been sought for serializing the same.
Last week, the SIT had handed over a report of its findings to the Magisterial court. It has been widely speculated that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been exonerated in the probe. But, on behalf of Zakia Jafri, SM Vora, her lawyer said that the client must be handed over a copy of the SIT report. Zakia Jafri’s husband Ehsan Jafri was among the 69 people killed in the Gulberg violence, following the riots in Gujarat 2002.
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