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2002 Gujarat riots: Communal violence like lava of volcano, says Sibal in SC – SIT did not investigate properly

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Senior advocate Kapil Sibal told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the 2002 Gujarat riots was an organized riot and it was like the lava of a volcano buried under the ground which may come out anytime in future. Which can be used for revenge in future. In fact, Zakia Jafri wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri has challenged the clean chit given by the investigating agency to PM Modi and many other leaders in the Supreme Court in this case. Kapil Sibal, appearing for Zakia Jafri, made this remark in the court.

Kapil Sibal told the court, ‘I am definitely worried about the future. Communal violence is like a lava emanating from a volcano. Whenever this lava touches the ground, a mark is formed and it becomes quite suitable for future revenge. I too have lost my relatives in the communal violence in Pakistan. I am also a victim of this.’ Kapil Sibal said this before a division bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar.

Kapil Sibal said that he is not accusing anyone but a message should go that violence in the name of religion will not be tolerated in the society. Kapil Sibal, representing the Jafri case, said that the Special Investigation Team has not investigated the matter properly and the official report of the SIT will prove this.

Kapil Sibal further said, ‘SIT never seized any phone, never checked the call record, never investigated how the bombs were made nor did it know about the accused in this case. Tried to install it.’ The debate in this matter will continue tomorrow i.e. on Thursday also.

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Ehsan Jafri was among the 69 people who were killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre. The SIT set up by the court had investigated the matter and gave a clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from this, many other top politicians and bureaucrats were also given a clean chit in this case.

On October 5, 2017, challenging the order of the Gujarat High Court, Zakia had moved the Supreme Court. He had alleged that there was a long conspiracy behind this violence. The Gujarat High Court had accepted the closure report of the SIT.

Prior to this, Zakia had also moved the Gujarat High Court in 2014 when the magisterial court dismissed the petition challenging the SIT report.

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