The special investigation team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the alleged connivance of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the post-Godhra Gulberg massacre has given him a clean chit and sought closure of the probe as it could find no evidence against him.
The Supreme Court had directed investigation by the SIT on a batch of petitions filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was among 69 persons killed in the Gulberg society carnage.
The petition had named Modi and 57 others for alleged criminal conspiracy in the 2002 riots.
"According to SIT, no offence has been established against any of the 58 persons listed in Zakia's complaint," metropolitan magistrate M S Bhatt said in his order.
The court ordered that a copy of the SIT report and related documents be given to Zakia within 30 days, so that she could pursue her private criminal complaint against Modi and others. The court will decide on accepting or rejecting the closure report after hearing the complainant.
"Therefore, as per the Supreme Court's order and principles of natural justice the complainant has to be given copy of the report and related documents," it said.