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Gujarat riots case: HC verdict likely today on Zakia Jafri's plea against clean chit to PM Modi

Zakia Jafri is the widow of Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, who was among 68 people killed when a mob set his house in Gulberg Society on fire on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident.

September 26, 2017 / 11:49 AM IST
Zakia Jafri shows a photograph of her late husband Ehsan Jafri, a lawmaker for the Congress party which now sits in opposition, who was hacked to death by a Hindu mob in riots, inside her son's house in Surat, India, September 15, 2015. Jafri, a frail 76-year-old, has begun what may be the last legal battle to pin blame on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for deadly riots that shook the state of Gujarat when he was chief minister, and claimed her husband's life. Picture taken September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - GF10000208146

Zakia Jafri shows a photograph of her late husband Ehsan Jafri, a lawmaker for the Congress party which now sits in opposition, who was hacked to death by a Hindu mob in riots, inside her son's house in Surat, India, September 15, 2015. Jafri, a frail 76-year-old, has begun what may be the last legal battle to pin blame on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for deadly riots that shook the state of Gujarat when he was chief minister, and claimed her husband's life. Picture taken September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - GF10000208146

The Gujarat High Court is likely to pronounce its order on Tuesday on a petition filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.

Zakia Jafri is the widow of Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP, who was among 68 people killed when a mob set his house in Gulberg Society on fire on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident.

Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat at the time.

Jafri and Citizen for Justice and Peace, an NGO run by activist Teesta Setalvad, had filed the criminal review petition against a magistrate court's order which upheld the closure report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Zakia Jafri’s petition demanded to make Modi and 59 others accused for being party to "the larger criminal conspiracy" behind the post-Godhra riots of 2002. Hearing on the petition before Justice Sonia Gokani concluded on July 3.

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