Reports that the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) did not find any ‘substantial incriminating evidence’ against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case has created uproar amongst activists. The SIT has submitted its report to the Apex Court on allegations levelled by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, who was killed in the riots in Gulbarg Society. The information, based on leaked reports, was not confirmed by SIT officials. Retired IPS officer, RB Sreekumar, who had submitted six affidavits to SIT in connection with the riots case, said that “SIT officials had acted as a team of lawyers to save Modi from being accused in the riots.” He further said that the SIT officials did not take any note of his affidavits as well as a major part of Zakia Jafri’s complaint. “As many as 33 pages of Jafri’s complaint have been included from my affidavits submitted to SIT, yet nothing has been done in this connection,” he added.
Director of Ahmedabad NGO, Prashant, Fr Cedric Prakash, which has been supporting the victims’ claim that Modi’s administration instigated the riots, said: “The SIT opinion to say the least, is disappointing. It clearly shows that those who control the reins of power in our country can literally get away with murder. Justice for the victims has taken a backseat. Our hope now is that truth will one day prevail.” CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said the SIT report was submitted to the apex court in a sealed cover and wanted to know how it was leaked to a newspaper.