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SIT submits final report on Gujarat riots in SC
The court will start hearing on the SIT report on the 2002 Gujarat riots on Wednesday.
New Delhi: The Special Investigation Team has submitted its final report on Gujarat riots in the Supreme Court on Monday. The court will start hearing on the SIT report on Wednesday along with a complaint filed by Zakia Jaffery, widow of Congress MP Ehsan Jaffery who was killed during the 2002 riots.
The SIT, headed by RK Raghavan, was set up the the Supreme Court to find out whether further investigation is required into Zakia's complaint and the recent affidavit filed by IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt in the apex court.
Zakia, in her complaint, has alleged that Modi and 62 others, including his Cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior bureaucrats aided and abetted the riots which left over 1,000 people dead across the state.
She had further alleged that between February and May 2002 there was a "deliberate and intentional failure" of the state government to protect the life and property of innocents.
While Bhatt in his affidavit has accused the SC-appointed SIT of 'coercing witnesses', 'hostility', 'cover-up of probe' and 'displaying reluctant attitude' in recording of vital information related to the 2002 communal clashes that reportedly claimed 2000 lives.
The 1988-batch IPS officer, who was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau during the 2002 riots, had also said in the affidavit that he had attended the February 27 meeting called by Chief Minister Narendra Modi where the latter asked officers to be "indifferent" to the rioters.
Bhatt said after facing 'unconcealed hostility' by the SIT members he was under apprehension that the agency was part of the cover-up operations with regard to the probe in the riots cases.
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