New Delhi: In a major setback to the Gujarat government, Ahmadabad trial court on Wednesday has ordered the state government to give the copy of the SIT report on the 2002 Gujarat riots to petitioner Zakia Jafri.

The court not just ordered to give a copy of 600-page report to Zakia but also said that she would have an access to all the documents related to the probe.

 

The report prepared by the Special Investigation Team in the Gulbarga Society riots has been in the dark as the court is yet to decide on making it public. The SIT had turned down the media reports of providing clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister in this regard and had submitted the report to the court two weeks back after which the court had asked for some time to study the detailed document.

Speculations are rife that the court may allow the social activists Teesta Setalvad and others to have access to the report. The court had said on Monday, “This is not a closure report and an additional report can be filed on unearthing more proofs in this regard.”

However, the SIT on Monday opposed sharing the details of the report with activists.

During a heated debate in the Magistrate court on Monday, SIT Lawyer RS Jambuar said, “We have completed the investigations and have submitted the 550 page summary report to the court.”

Jambuar said, “According to the order of the Supreme Court, the report has to be submitted to the petitioner Zakia Jafri.” He added, “Others cannot be allowed access to it.”

 The SIT team also submitted an application seeking time to submit the remaining evidences and documents related to the probe till March 8, 2012.

However, Jan Sangharsh Manch lawyer Shamshad Pathan argued, “Any person can apply to get access to the report of the investigation agency under the CRPC.” He said that their organization is providing legal help to the riot victims and thus, the SIT must not have an objection on making the report public.

After the hearing, the court had reserved till February 15 its order on their plea seeking access to the crucial document.

Zakia Jafri had made a complaint against the chief minister and others as her husband Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, was among the 69 people killed in post-Godhra Gulbarga Housing society riots.

(JPN/Bureau)