Eleven international scholars on Friday urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the fallout of its judgement in the Zakia Jafri case, expunge the “derogatory” remarks contained in it and dismiss the case against co-petitioner Teesta Setalvad and former Gujarat police chief RB Sreekumar.
Zakia Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was hacked to death during the 2002 Gujarat riots. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died in the violence after a coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt in Godhra.
Zakia Jafri and Setalvad’s non-governmental organisation Citizens for Justice had moved the Supreme Court challenging the report of a Special Investigation Team that had cleared Modi of involvement in the riots. They sought a fresh investigation into the “larger conspiracy” behind the violence.
In a statement on Friday, the scholars said that since Jafri and Setalvad had challenged the SIT report and had sought an independent investigation, it was unjust on the part of the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition “on the basis of the very same impugned SIT report”.
They also said that the Supreme Court “gratuitously and wholly unfairly” attributed ulterior motives to the petitioners, which led to the arrests of Setalvad and Sreekumar.
“If any patient, prolonged, peaceful, and entirely legitimate…