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Post clean chit now the progressive PM candidate should come forward and express regret for his Govt's failure to contain riots
In a big relief to BJP's PM in waiting Narendra Modi, the metropolitan magistrate BJ Ganatra rejected Zakia Jafri’s protest petition against Supreme Court appointed SIT’s clean chit to Modi and 52 others in 2002 Post-Godhra-train burnt riot case! This may not be a good news for Modi's opponents. Twitter is flooded with messages hailing this verdict as well as targeting Modi rivals!

Though proceedings were completed on 30th September 2013, the Judge had differed twice the date of judgment, from 28th October 2013 to 2nd December and then from 2nd December to 26th December 2013 when the verdict was finally announced.

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Though Zakia and others have option to go to higher courts, but it’s evident that Modi is now cleared off the legal hurdles and such verdict will make him much stronger both in national and international arena.

However, one thing to be noted here is that there may not be any legal indictment, but as a progressive Prime Ministerial candidate, Modi can’t avoid his moral responsibility. He may not be involved in any riot but it’s a fact that as a chief Minister, he failed to stop a riot which took 1000 innocent lives. A confession of such failure would always help him in building his image. After all he is the Prime Ministerial candidate and he must learn to apologize for any failure, especially when the matter is about moral propriety.

Zakia Jafri’s husband Ehesan Jafri (1929-2002) an ex-MP of Congress was hacked to death by rioters during 2002 Godhra riots that took lives of 790 Muslims after 58 Hindu Karsevak’s lost their lives in a fire in Sabarmati Express train at Godhra. 254 Hindus had also been killed during the riots. Most of them died in police firing.

On 3rd November 2007, Tehelka exposed involvement of Hindu extremist having close relation to Sangh parivar in this riot. After four months of this expose (26th March 2008), Supreme Court instituted Special Investigation Team headed by former CBI chief R.K.Raghvan to investigate the exposes.

On 27th April 2009, Supreme Court additionally asked to investigate on the complaint of Zakia Jafri wife of victim Ehesan Jafri on alleged role of Narendra Modi and others in killing her husband in Gulbarg housing society at Ahmadabad. After this order, Narendra Modi’s political rivals especially Congress took a violent role and virtually convicting Modi for orchestrating the riot.

After SIT submitting report on February 2011, SC asked amicus curie Raju Ramchandran to go through the SIT report for assessment if there were any lapses. Amicus curie submitted his report to SC in a sealed envelope on 25th July 2011. SC still kept that report confidential.

On February 2012, SIT submitted its final report in a local court and on April 2012 it gave Modi and others a clean chit. Zakia opposed this clean chit and filed the protest petition. Then further litigation started and finally a larger bench of SC allowed Zakia to get the SIT report and file protest against the SIT in a local court.

BJP always accused that these litigations were funded by the Congress and Modi was targeted for political interest. SIT too have mentioned that there is no prosecutable evidence against Narendra Modi. Some IPS and IAS officers also became accuser of Modi, but their relation with the Congress actually cast doubt on their claims.

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