Seventy year old Zakia Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was burnt to death in his own home in Gulbarga Society in Ahmedabad during the Gujarat riots of 2002.
Zakia has been fighting this battle for the last ten years and is determined to take it to a meaningful end. "I've had hopes pinned on my petition since I filed it in 2006. I've been waitng for 10 years for justice," says Zakia, she told newschannel Times Now.
Following her husband's brutal death, Zakia Jafri filed a case against Modi and 62 others in 2006, alleging complicity in the pogrom. Among the others she mentioned in her complaint were Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders Praveen Togadia, Jaideep Patel and Keka Shastri, 11 ministers, five MLAs, senior police officials and bureaucrats.
"A mass carnage was orchestrated by the most powerful in the State executive using pressure and connivance of the State administration and law and order machinery," Jafri stated in her FIR. "There has been continued and consistent attempts to further this unlawful and unconstitutional worldview and mandate by using state terror and pressure to intimidate victim survivors, marginalise (socially and economically) the community they hail from, destroy and/or manipulate evidence to influence the course of justice."
After seven years of constant struggle, her case was finally considered for a probe by Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan. which submitted a report to the court. The Supreme Court however felt the inferences of Mr. Raghavan did not match the findings of the SIT. It therefore sought the comments of amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran to suggest a course of action.
The Supreme Court will today give the much-awaited verdict on Zakia's plea.
First Published On : Sep 12, 2011 10:51 IST