The pronouncement of order was deferred on October 28 for December 2 after arguments on Jafri's petition by her lawyers and SIT's counsel had continued for five months before Metropolitan Magistrate BJ Ganatra.

After completion of arguments, Jafri's lawyer handed over written submissions to the court on September 18, while the SIT filed its written submissions on September 30.

The Metropolitan Magistrate had then said that he would pronounce the order on October 28. However, on October 28, Metropolitan Magistrate Ganatra deferred pronouncement of order for December 2.

Jafri, whose husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people killed in the Gulbarg society massacre during the 2002 post-Godhra riots, had filed a petition objecting the SIT's closure report absolving Modi of any conspiracy.

After completing its investigation on Jafri's complaint, the SIT had on February 8, 2012, filed the probe report concluding that despite difficulties in obtaining evidence in the case because of the lapse of eight years, whatever material it could gather was not sufficient enough to prosecute those against whom allegations of hatching conspiracy for 2002 riots had been levelled.

Protesting SIT's report, Jafri filed a petition on April 15 this year demanding the rejection of report as well as an order from the court to file chargesheet against Modi and others.

While defending its report and demanding the rejection of Jafri's petition, SIT counsel RS Jamuar had submitted that no direct or circumstantial evidence has been found during its investigation which can prima facie support Jafri's allegations.


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