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Indian widow fights Modi in 'final' court battle over deadly Gujrat riots

Updated Jun 18, 2016 08:14am


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"It is against those who allowed the foot soldiers to operate," she told Reuters in an interview in Ahmedabad, commercial capital of Gujarat where her husband was slain.   — AP/File.
"It is against those who allowed the foot soldiers to operate," she told Reuters in an interview in Ahmedabad, commercial capital of Gujarat where her husband was slain. — AP/File.
Modi's government has cracked down on Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) and rights workers, including activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been helping Jafri gather evidence to overturn previous court rulings in Modi's favour and bring him to trial. — Reuters/file
Modi's government has cracked down on Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) and rights workers, including activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been helping Jafri gather evidence to overturn previous court rulings in Modi's favour and bring him to trial. — Reuters/file

AHMEDABAD: Zakia Jafri, a frail 76-year-old, has begun what may be the last legal battle to pin blame on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for deadly riots that shook the state of Gujarat when he was chief minister, and claimed her husband's life.

Modi denies any involvement in the 2002 unrest, one of the worst outbreaks of religious violence in independent India.

Read: The ghosts of Gujarat

In 2013, a panel appointed by the Supreme Court said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

It was the third investigation to come to the same conclusion.

Since then, the prime minister has shed his international image as a hard line Hindu nationalist, adopted the mantle of progressive economic reformer, won a landslide election in 2014 and earned a place at the high table of global leaders.

His government has also cracked down on Non-Government Organization (NGOs) and rights workers, including activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been helping Jafri gather evidence to overturn previous court rulings in Modi's favour and bring him to trial.

At around the time the Gujarat High Court agreed to hear the case last month, federal police investigating alleged fraud raided the home and offices of Setalvad, who has represented dozens of victims of the riots and won several convictions.

None of that deterred Jafri, whose late husband, a lawmaker for the Congress party now in opposition, was hacked to death by a Hindu mob in riots that killed at least 1,000 people, most from India's sizeable Muslim minority.

"My case is not just against the foot soldiers," said Jafri, worn down by 13 years of campaigning, including her failed Supreme Court bid to prosecute Modi two years ago.

Hers is the last case still in the court system filed after the riots that tries to implicate Modi.

"It is against those who allowed the foot soldiers to operate," she told Reuters in an interview in Ahmedabad, commercial capital of Gujarat where her husband was slain.

"It is against those who created the situation for the foot soldiers to get provoked and enabled them to operate. It is against Modi."

'Chain of command'

Setalvad is trying to show Modi turned a blind eye to the violence.

"We are trying to establish a chain of command responsibility. Our task is to show that an individual in the position of power could be administratively or criminally culpable," said Setalvad.

The Prime Minister's Office declined to comment on the challenge, because the case is under way.

Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also declined comment.

Setalvad said she pored over testimonies of victims, policemen, bureaucrats, politicians and members of hardline Hindu organisations to piece together Modi's role in the riots.

She examined Modi's phone records and police intelligence reports as well as evidence from policeman Sanjiv Bhatt.

Bhatt was a state intelligence officer during the riots and has previously given testimony claiming Modi told officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger for the deaths of 59 Hindu pilgrims in a fire on a train in the Gujarat town of Godhra, after clashes between Muslims and Hindus at the station.

Last month the federal government expelled Bhatt from the police force.

He is challenging the move in court.

Interior Ministry officials in New Delhi said the decision to probe Setalvad's bank transactions and sack Bhatt were not related to the case against Modi.

"It is a coincidence that our orders came at the exact same time when the court case started in Gujarat. They are using the victim tag to hide their mistake," said a senior bureaucrat at the ministry.

For her part, Setalvad denies accusations by the Gujarat government that she and her husband used money from victims of the riots to enrich themselves.

Grim memories

The Gujarat High Court began hearing Jafri's petition, which names Modi as the prime accused, this month. She is seeking a criminal trial against him and 58 others for the month-long bloodshed.

For more than a decade the riots tainted Modi's international reputation.

The United States (US) revoked his visa in 2005 over the violence and he only travelled there again after last year's election. Later this week he embarks on his second United States (US) trip since taking office.

Lawyers involved in Jafri's case said it would take months for the proceedings to conclude, and that it could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

Modi may not be losing sleep yet, although he did inquire who would be presiding over the case, one official in his office said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Sonia Gokani, the veteran judge in charge, has handled scores of cases related to the riots, handing down several convictions.

For Jafri, what could be her last battle against Modi will bring back painful memories.

She saw her husband, Ehsaan, making desperate calls to the police before being dragged out of his ancestral home by sword-wielding men. Within minutes he was stripped and killed.

"This case is not just about my husband, it is the final attempt to seek justice for thousands of Muslims who expected Modi to save them."

Also read: Call to prosecute Modi over deadly Gujarat riots blocked


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Malik Sep 22, 2015 02:48pm

Salue you Zakia Jafri for fighting , however, sorry to say that nothing will happen because court will not find anything against Modi, not even his video tape of telling everyone that how brutally he killed many muslims

Proud Pakistani Sep 22, 2015 02:48pm

Finally a clean chit for Modi!

N.Sid Sep 22, 2015 02:51pm

Even if the widow couldn't get the justice now...she can surely get it in the life hereafter and on the 'day of judgement'...and the perpetrators too.

Maxx Sep 22, 2015 02:55pm

Modi is all the more powerful as PM of India, than what he was earlier with the chief minister post of Gujarat. This is next to impossible that Mrs. Jafri will find any justice...but she is fighting it all along.

Ali Sep 22, 2015 02:55pm

Incredible India.

Making such a person their PM and then PM cracking down on those rightfully accusing him on his past deeds.

Atif Sep 22, 2015 02:58pm

When it comes to victimization political and otherwise, Pakistan and India are not much different. At least in India, the courts seemingly operate independently, which is not the common perception about Pakistani courts. Hats off to Zakia Jaffri, hope truth will prevail.

Rajeev Velagapudi Sep 22, 2015 02:58pm

I can understand the pain of the victims, But accusing Modi without proper evidences is not justifiable.

Harmony-1 Sep 22, 2015 02:59pm

In South Asian democracies, the ones in power can never be touched. They can easily manipulate the police or silence and sideline anyone dissenting. Our CM of Punjab couldn't be held responsible either for Model Town shooting by police under his control - so unfortunate! And yet here was South Korean PM who resigned over ferry disaster. We have a lot to catch up in our so-called democracies!

11 Sep 22, 2015 03:00pm

@Malik Nothing can be done to satisfy you!!

Q Adil Sep 22, 2015 03:02pm

All the best wishes for the courageous lady.

BHAIJAN Sep 22, 2015 03:09pm

It is greatness of India that muslims are able to go to court against heighst authority and census show muslim count only increased in India, compare that with pakistan..

Satt Sep 22, 2015 03:10pm

Modi should be removed as PM of India and some other person of BJP should become PM.Modi can still instruct from behind.Some Muslims don't like Modi and India has always a culture that everybody should like us.So there is no dearth of nationalists in BJP and they are hard core Hindu nationalists.I don't consider Modi as that much nationalist,India needs more nationalist person.

Neutral Indian Sep 22, 2015 03:11pm

My heart cries for you, Zakia ji.. Salute you for braving it alone fully knowing well that you are up against a mountain. I feel helpless as an individual when seeing innocents like you fighting for justice in India's corrupt system, where might is right.

I am a Hindu from south India and get emotional while recalling the sordid episode . Its a blot on mother India's tolerant ethos.

Akhand Bharat Sep 22, 2015 03:11pm

We will stand by her and hope she gets justice. No matter who but if he is guilty should be punished. My country was founded on secular grounds and so shall be it.

Gillani Sep 22, 2015 03:13pm

Modi is a hard line Hindu. No surprise.

Pakistan Sep 22, 2015 03:16pm

Trust me , he will have similar end.

Ram Sep 22, 2015 03:17pm

@N.Sid TRUE : Lets wait for the judgement day

Satt Sep 22, 2015 03:19pm

@BHAIJAN If Muslim count is increased than it's because of their resilience and if it is decreasing than it's because of their persecution.Who are you making happy?

Neutral Indian Sep 22, 2015 03:20pm

@BHAIJAN "Going to the court" is no guarantee she will get justice. Proof of the pudding is in its eating. Honestly ask if the "system" will ever allow innocents like her to get justice? By the way, rate of growth of muslim population in India this decade had REDUCED compared to the previous decade, so its not clear what you are trying to convey? I am Hindu, by the way.

Indian Sep 22, 2015 03:28pm

If Mr. Modi is guilty he will be punished if not now then in his afterlife. But the fact today is Supreme court of India has given him clean chit & now he is working hard for our country. Let us all Indians live with this current status & move on & make our lives better. Remember riots were too frequent in Gujarat before 2002 during congress rule & nobody talks about that. Not a single riot after 2002. Only development.

rahul1 Sep 22, 2015 03:36pm

Huge personal loss for the lady.... but linking it to Modi is absurd . I find this case totally sponsored by Congress.... I hope victims of '84 anti-sikh riots also get the same limelight

on looker Sep 22, 2015 03:36pm

India is poorer with Modi as its PM - the long term effect of his shortsightedness will weaken the very foundation on which it stands and aspires to claim her rightful place in league of civilized nations.

Harmony-1 Sep 22, 2015 03:37pm

@BHAIJAN - There are court cases "against highest authority" in Pakistan too, there were more against President Zardari and any non-Muslim can go to court too. So, what a nonsense comparison to take pleasure at "greatness of India" out of misery of an old lady. It's small-mindedness not 'greatness'!!!

Ahtesham Sep 22, 2015 03:44pm

Gujrat incident is high black mark on Modi face which he can not deny and remove!

Iqbal Sep 22, 2015 03:49pm

A courageous lady who is fighting for justice; against a sitting PM in a country called India. We salute her, it's a far reaching action for times to come, for generations to learn and an eye opener for oppressors.

Fazal Karim Sep 22, 2015 03:52pm

Power of state in third world countries is greater than power of justice. In India will remain third world country no matter what she achieves on materialistic front.

A. Ali Sep 22, 2015 04:00pm

remember, modi will be 1st indian PM to be evicted from office,

zak Sep 22, 2015 04:04pm

'In 2013, a panel appointed by the Supreme Court said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him. It was the third investigation to come to the same conclusion."

This same Indian supreme court were so quick to hang muslims ensnared by Indian police and RAW. Quack Indian judiciary system, laughable by any standard.

praphul Sep 22, 2015 04:05pm

We have a total of 1044 people killed in the Gujarat riots, figures of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus.

abbas Sep 22, 2015 04:05pm

great lady I salute ur courage

alien Sep 22, 2015 04:10pm

@Rajeev Velagapudi you are living in dream world , its indian current prime minister you are asking proof against him .............. PM ...... but originally chaay walla ... killed innocent muslims in 2002 its fact when he was CM.......

Hindustani Sep 22, 2015 04:11pm

@Malik What video tape sir? He was given clean chit by SIT which was formed under opposition party and from supreme court as well. You stay in Pakistan hence you don't get to see the real picture.

Desi Dimag Sep 22, 2015 04:11pm

She is a victim of Godhra train burning. Hope she will get jusice.

EAGLE STRIKE Sep 22, 2015 04:12pm

@Neutral Indian, welldone for speaking truth. We need people like you, I generally don't find anything rational from Indians but your comment made me thank you. From Pakistan.

Raw Agent Sep 22, 2015 04:15pm

@Harmony-1 She is fighting India's strongest man & she is still alive. That is diffrence. She is fully independent to do whatever she wants to do.

Hindustani Sep 22, 2015 04:18pm

@Ali How easy is to blabber from other country and criticize a person with lack of knowledge!! Better check your facts or come to Gujarat once, stay with us, talk to local muslims whether they are happy staying there or not.

A. Ali Sep 22, 2015 04:22pm

she can't win, there are 90 crore people ready to defend this PM.

Jimmy Rocks Sep 22, 2015 04:23pm

Thing to be noted is that she is only targeting Modi and no one else, not even the rioters. So if there is a riot in any state and someone is killed, it is the CM who will be personally responsible, esp if the deceased is of opposite party and not the ruling party. I wish Pak readers gather a basic understanding of this case before commenting.

Lafanga Sep 22, 2015 04:24pm

Salute to the lady and her supporters for fighting on but I am afraid this is Modi's India now. You will not get any justice there. May try the International Criminal Court and see if they are more impartial.

shuaib Sep 22, 2015 04:24pm

India has a Jungle Law where prosecution will dance to the tunes of establishment. We are seeing these developments in Samjota Express case and, although Gujrat genocide is bigger in magnitude; it is going same way. The biggest democracy has ugly face!!!

Sami Sep 22, 2015 04:26pm

@Rajeev Velagapudi Hey Rajeev, so all the evidence was laid out in front of you before you issued your verdict?

JRM Sep 22, 2015 04:28pm

@Neutral Indian the stats carefully... Muslim population growth is higher than Hindus...Both of them are down. Don't attribute everything to Modi. Have some common sense. As far as this lady, she is Cong stooge.

SMI Sep 22, 2015 04:29pm

A movie should b made to let the world know true face of Indian fundamentalism

JRM Sep 22, 2015 04:29pm

@Harmony-1 really show me an instance?

Sami Sep 22, 2015 04:30pm

@BHAIJAN Oh bhai, it is greatness of Pakistan where a Hindu can not only take his or her complaint to the court, but actually serve as the Chief Justice of the highest court of the land.

Joy Das Sep 22, 2015 04:35pm

@Ali Proud of Modiji. He will be elected for the net 15 years atleast.

Sami Sep 22, 2015 04:39pm

@praphul Killers and all those who aided and abetted and all those who winked, nodded or willfully allowed the killing to continue, regardless of the faith of the victim or the killer, should all be brought to justice. In the final end, in the eyes of the Creator, the PMship is just but a very thin veneer.

deddi Sep 22, 2015 04:40pm

How many people and groups are wrong? Ms Zakia Jafri is wrong? Kashmeeris are wrong? Patels are wrong? Dalits are wrong? Biharis are wrong? women who were raped are wrong? Christiaan nuns who were raped are wrong? WHen will justice rise?

Sudhir Neyalasinger Sep 22, 2015 04:40pm

This woman doesn't have a case. It's Teesta Setalwad who has been pushing her. Modi has been interrogated extensively by the police and the CBI. There isn't a shred of evidence to indicate that he turned a blind eye to the riots.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Sep 22, 2015 04:44pm

@Harmony-1 Please do not compare the Indian democracy to Pakistan's. Governments have been brought down here due to corruption charges, Ministers have been imprisoned for crimes.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Sep 22, 2015 04:46pm

@Satt In the last elections India voted for Modi. BJP will not have come to power if any one else in that party was projected as the PM candidate. Democracy at the end of the day is a numbers game and the majority elects the government.

M. Siddique Sep 22, 2015 04:53pm

India may have Democracy for changing government peacefully but has yet to mature it. Indian system is not transparent. Now that Modi is Prime Minister it will be harder to convict him. Intimidation is culturally ingrained in South Asia. Modi may finally get his day in court when he will be frail and unable to hear anything.

Dr. ramesh Sharma Sep 22, 2015 04:55pm

@alien Is Chaaya wala not a human being. Everything aside at least a Chaay wala can become a prime minister of India. You should be applauding that somewhere in the world an ordinary poor can also reach the highest position in a country. Please stop insulting poor hard working people who earn their living by working hard. The right to become presidents and prime mininster does not rest with Gandhis and Zardaris or Nawajs

Abdulla Hussain Sep 22, 2015 05:00pm

A real brave lady, she is not fighting for her family alone. Do the world need more proof of the sitting PM 's involvement in Gujrat riots that saw killing of 2000 plus Muslims.

Sudhanshu Swami Sep 22, 2015 05:03pm

Modi was interrogated by SIT in this case. Court didnt find anything against Modi neither direct nor circumstantial. Jafri should get justice for post Godhra riots. But justice means punishment for rioters. Jafri's hypothetical or non circumstantial allegation against Modi will land her in only disappointments. At That time congress and anti modi people, govt and NGO were in power, they left no stone unturned to get Modi down. If you want to blame Chief minister for riots and killings then you will face disappointment only. After years and years of investigation and anti-Modi drive, nothing came out. What came out was even stronger Modi, who was already popular as pro development man.

AJamal Sep 22, 2015 05:07pm

When a handful of people die it is called terrorism and Pakistan is promptly blamed. When thousands die, it's called RIOTS and Modi and Narsima Rao given clean chit.

Jallal Sep 22, 2015 05:10pm

Soniya Gandhi , the PM of India and the most powerful person in the country tried her best to frame MODI for the last 12 years but sadly for her Indian courts rely ONLY on evidence!!!!!!!

Sunil Varma Sep 22, 2015 05:11pm

@Pakistan.... keep dreaming your wishful dreams. God is with Mr Modi and he has the blessings of 1.3 billion Indians.

Anidesh Madhav Sep 22, 2015 05:11pm

With whole sympathy with all the victims, but why this lady is against the single man Modi ? The SIT formed in the previous ruling Congress Govt of 10 years gave him clean chit .Also the fact is Ehsan Jafri (1929 – 28 February 2002) was an Indian politician and former member of the 6th Lok Sabha for the Congress Party

Srikant Prakash Sep 22, 2015 05:11pm

@on looker....really bro what shortsightedness. Sorry for the lady but why linking it with Modi. CM can take moral responsibility but how he is responsible for riots. And about civilized world...first define it and gave some examples

Dipak Singh Sep 22, 2015 05:12pm

Get a life Madam. How to you blame only CM for communal riots. is that first in India never happen before or after, so where all the CM's.

Jallal Sep 22, 2015 05:14pm

@abbas Yes-trying to fight in a court without evidence!

Shawn Sep 22, 2015 05:15pm

I always wonder I can understand one or 2 ppl but the kind of things that happen in India is just scary almost like people have no heart. In Pakistan these things do happen but atleast we know the majority is against it and mostly carried out by illiterate and poor people never with a government support

Raj Patel Sep 22, 2015 05:18pm

What happened if she would be fighting same kind of case in Pakistan against any known politician ??? Kudoes to Indian judiciary system and civil society and also to the government who allowed to prosecute PM. Is it possible in Pakistan ???

Indian Sep 22, 2015 05:23pm

I feel sorry for Mrs Jafri for her loss. It was painful . Riots are worst . Though, about chain of command, let me tell you one fact - When riots had happened in 2002, Mr. Modi was made CM barely 5 -6 months back, replacing one strong CM. He was sent from Delhi as he was not at all connected with Gujarat Politics. Yes, riots happened, few rouge elements in both communities had took advantage. But Mr. Modi was not fully in command being new to the system (parachuted from Delhi). Yes, there were lapses from him. But assuming that he had orchestrated the riots - it is preposterous statement. actually, he is victimized by congress and his enemies in BJP at that time to project it like that.

AIB Sep 22, 2015 05:23pm

For 10 years congress was in power if Modi was guilty he had had been hanged till now.congress has tried its best to prove him guilty so no chance this time when Modi is in power.

Harmony-1 Sep 22, 2015 05:28pm

@Sudhanshu Swami - in Modi's case SIT headed by Geeta Johri was compromised and removed? Just like Rohini Salian was eased out of her job in Malegaon blasts case?

Vik1 Sep 22, 2015 05:29pm

Unfortunate to blame Modi while there were hundreds of communal riots happened before him, others as CMs and there will be some in future. Somebody is cashing victims pain politically.

kamran Sep 22, 2015 05:33pm

Even now one can see tons of hatred and discrimination lies in Modi for Muslims. It is quite obvious for years. Convicting him would be a miracle but that is not impossible either. When it comes to justice, past judgments showed that even judges were biased towards hindus so don't be excited.

Kashmiri34 Sep 22, 2015 05:34pm

SC of India and SIT already given clean chit to Mr.Modi...

Aurangzeb Sep 22, 2015 05:41pm

@BHAIJAN - Result is known, so what's the point of going to court!, and how do you know in Pakistan Hindu can not go to the court, please do some home work before spread hate.

Surinder Saini Sep 22, 2015 05:42pm

@Maxx if found guilty by judges , case may go to supreme court, then he would have to resign. No matter how powerful a person is, Indian judiciary is independent

Nasir Sep 22, 2015 05:44pm

I doubt Mrs.Jafari would get any justice as the judge would think twice about the repurcussions before giving any judgement.

Waseem Sep 22, 2015 05:55pm

@rahul1 So your point is what if Modi killed (by silence and inaction) Muslims, same has Congress done to Sikh. Donot think any Muslim or Sikh will find that any bit condoling, human or sympathetic

KANNAN Sep 22, 2015 05:55pm

MODI is an unstoppable leader.. Just look how he had sidelined L.K Advani, founder of BJP to reach PM post.. He will remain PM of India as long he wish so.. Moreover, MODI is d need of d nation right now..

Canada Sep 22, 2015 05:58pm

@BHAIJAN There is a difference between going to court and "being given the illusion" of going to court. In many countries you are given the illusion there is democracy and rights. Money and power talks, just ask Salman Khan how great "justice" is

Sid Sep 22, 2015 06:04pm

To be frank, people of India only voted for Modi because of his track record in terms of developing Gujarat. Even now as PM, he has managed to bring in huge investments in infrastructure, railways, defence, etc. There is no doubt that he is the right guy to lead India. Since he took over, there have been no riots and the situation is peaceful.

About his past, the majority of the people feel he did enough as a chief minister end the riots. A congress ruled central government did absolutely nothing to help him with the riots. Modi asked three neighboring states, all of them congress ruled, for paramilitary forces and they simply refused to spare any troops. This is one allegation that congress has no answer for even today. I think it's time to move on. Living in the past does not help anyone.

Yusuf Sep 22, 2015 06:12pm

The fact that India as a democracy has a system in place which even allows Ms Jafri to pursue her objective is laudable and praise worthy.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Sep 22, 2015 06:24pm

May God vindicate her and grant her victory over the mighty and powerful who murdered and plundered the innocent including her husband.

Syed Ahmed, Canada Sep 22, 2015 06:38pm

In every society there are some God fearing people bearing strong character so are in India and Pakistan. There may be delay, finally truth will prevail.

Dost Sep 22, 2015 06:49pm

Nothing but political gimmick backed by congress

Ghaznavi Sep 22, 2015 07:01pm

@Rajeev Velagapudi "I can understand the pain of the victims, But accusing Modi without proper evidences is not justifiable."

Sorry to disagree! unless you have lost a love one in the same circumstances you cannot understand her pain though you can claim to understand! just put yourself in her shoes and maybe you will feel her pain

ali Sep 22, 2015 07:05pm

No big fish who are in power will ever be convicted in India and Pakistan.

Ghaznavi Sep 22, 2015 07:05pm

@BHAIJAN "It is greatness of India that muslims are able to go to court against heighst authority and census show muslim count only increased in India, compare that with pakistan." First of all writing "India" with upper case "I" and Pakistan with lower case "p" shows your bias though it does not change anything. Secondly people do register cases against the government in Pakistan as well and no one is stopping them from it. Let us see if the Indian courts deliver justice.

Sheeda Sep 22, 2015 07:21pm

Saif Ali Khan should make movie about these riots

Assamese Sep 22, 2015 07:24pm

@Dr. ramesh Sharma very well said. Thank you.

Malik USA Sep 22, 2015 07:26pm

@Neutral Indian I salute you comment at least you accept it. Everybody knows that nobody can touch these powerful personalities in India and Pakistan. Only sufferer are ordinary people.

surendra sukhtankar Sep 22, 2015 07:31pm

Because of Indian Judicial System , you keep suing anybody forever; there is no full- stop!!! This can't happen in USA.

Sasimann Sep 22, 2015 07:32pm

No one including the NGOs did anything to probe the 1984 riots against Sikhs Had somebody brought the Congress party to book the Gujarat riots would not have taken place. Sikhs are still fighting for justice 30 years have passed,the Congress top leaders were involved

karan Sep 22, 2015 07:43pm

This government is cracking down hard on NGO's, activists and victims. Its really sad. No one can get a loved one back. Justice is the only solace for widows and orphans.

JRM Sep 22, 2015 07:45pm

@Ghaznavi ...What is justice for you in this case?

Gurpreet Singh Sabharwal (USA) Sep 22, 2015 07:47pm

There may not be enough evidence to implicate Mr. Modi in the Gujarat violence but looking at it without bias, I feel that at the very least he's responsible for willfully looking the other way & allowing violence in Gujarat in 2002.

JRM Sep 22, 2015 07:47pm

@Lafanga ...I don't know what you guys consider justice? Convict Modi? Courts have already delivered the justice..

Harmony-1 Sep 22, 2015 07:55pm

@Neutral Indian - It's rare to have unbiased views like that from your side. Kudos! It's people like you who can make their country better and proud, who have courage to admit their blemishes, not those who take inane pride at things like its "greatness of India" that she seeks justice - a basic right!

JRM Sep 22, 2015 07:56pm

@Ghaznavi ...You are talking like you lost somebody in Gujarat.

Lucky Star Sep 22, 2015 08:01pm

@Rajeev Velagapudi Really, Modi is a saint? He was CM of the State and one thousand Muslims hacked to death right under his nose. You are saying that there is no evidence against him, what a hypocrisy!

sidney Sep 22, 2015 08:05pm

Jafri is a gutsy woman who must be admired. Justice has not been seen to be done in the Gujarat riots case and she is correct to press the Supreme Court for a ruling. Fair play should prevail in the land of Gandhi

Lucky Star Sep 22, 2015 08:05pm

@Raw Agent Really, she is fully independent?

Liaquat Syed Sep 22, 2015 08:17pm

@BHAIJAN Sir, if you read Pakistani newspapers, must know that it is Pakistan's SC, unseated and disqualified a sitting PM of Pakistan (Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani) and his successor Mr. Asharf, ex-Presidents Pervaiz Musharraf and Zardari are on bail. In fact, Pakistan has sent more high ups to jail than any other country in the south Asia.

Khan Sep 22, 2015 08:22pm


Indian courts are just as political as pakistani ones. The only thing they dont have is the army overlooking certain cases

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 08:24pm

@Maxx ..... Modi is using cheat tricks on her. That does not make him smell sweet.

Salim Sep 22, 2015 08:26pm

@BHAIJAN " Greatness of India that Muslims can go to a court"? what an absurd statement.what is the point of making a distinction anyways? she is a citizen and she ought to have same rights as you or any other Indian ,irrespective of religion, or color. It is high time you folks stop intimidating minorities with ' i m big , you are small' mantra.

Neutral Indian Sep 22, 2015 08:31pm

@Harmony-1 I vividly recall with pain a sense of utter despair and anger that I felt when the riots happened in 2002. My being a Hindu does not make me any less insensitive to the sufferings of fellow humans, just because they happen to be Muslims.

Its not a question of "admitting" blemishes - it is questioning the utter meaninglessness and savagery of religious riots fuelled by ego and prejudices. Anyone who defends this brutality is not a human.

Sadly, apart from Patriotism, religion too has become the last resort of the scoundrel.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 08:35pm

@Harmony-1 .... Successful democracy depends on two things: Information from a free press and internet so that voters can be informed. Voting rights for all eligible voters. Free elections.

anony Sep 22, 2015 08:39pm

Thank you Jinnah for giving me a free Pakistan. Modi will never be held accountable in the so-called secular india.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 08:45pm

@Ram ... Let us take no action on earth. We will just wait.

Pavan Sep 22, 2015 08:46pm

@anony Did you get justice for Model town shooting in Pakistan ?, this is common in countries like India and Pakistan, powerful get scot free.

Sameer Sep 22, 2015 08:46pm

What triggered gujrat riots??? Why doesn't any one talk about godhra train killings. Were the victims not innocent?? Just keep singing a song - modi modi modi.. Sad

Akram Sep 22, 2015 08:46pm

For those who doubt the need for Pakistan I would suggest you read what actually happened to Ehsaan Jaafri. This is the same persecution which lead the Muslim League to realise what life would be like in a Hindu dominated india.

We who have grown up knowing only freedom find it difficult to relate to the mindset of what these people had to bear witness to. Only by reading our history can one understand why the decisions taken were done so. How right the leaders have been and we should be thankful that we have not had to grow up in such a fear permeating society as the Muslims of Gujerat or Kashmir.

Akram Sep 22, 2015 08:48pm

@BHAIJAN ...where a Hindu became Chief Justice of the supreme court...yes lets compare.

Third Party Sep 22, 2015 08:50pm

Modi is not responsible for the riots.

Pavan Sep 22, 2015 08:50pm

Its was a failure of Gujrat government to prevent the riots which happened as the result of burning of the train.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 08:50pm

@rahul1 ... You could be right.

Akram Sep 22, 2015 08:51pm

@praphul your figures are a one sided view of the conflict. Thousands died.

RFAK Sep 22, 2015 08:51pm

There were several hundreds Hindus who also died in the Hindu-Muslim riots. If Modi could control the mob, why did he let Hindus die in the riots? Fact of the matter it is often too late to control the riots. By the time the law enforcement authorities have any control, unfortunately, lives on both sides are lost.

Khalid Toronto Sep 22, 2015 08:57pm

@BHAIJAN There is nothing great about india allowing Muslims to go to court. In fact, it is the greatness of Pakistan that we have a worthy newspaper that allows indians to publish their comments.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 08:59pm

@praphul .... Proof the Muslims were fighting back and not running away.

Ravi Sep 22, 2015 09:00pm

Pakistanis might be surprised to know that innocent Hindus were also attacked they too died in that riots in Muslim majority areas, it was due to complete failure of Gujrat government led by Modi. Many innocent families from both religions suffered, people became beasts killing each other.

Sameer Sep 22, 2015 09:00pm

Riots are not good for any community, nation or individual. Not easy but best way is to forget past and work for better.
Japan was nuked by usa in world war but now they don't keep on talking about it. They are most developed countries.

Imtiaz Sep 22, 2015 09:10pm

I sympathize with Mrs. Jafri for her loss. However, I must ask who is financing this petition? Her husband belonged to Congress party which is in opposition now. Is Congress funding this case to get even with Modi?

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 09:11pm

@SMI ... That has already been done to some degree by Public Television film documentaries in the United States.

Sadhu Sep 22, 2015 09:17pm

We have full faith on our highest court. You cannot just make accusations. It should be proved. All these people tried day and night to fix Modi with congress blessings. We have full faith on our PM. All the best to these people to continue their political agenda against Modi.

Sonny Afridi Sep 22, 2015 09:34pm

The very concept of India as one nation, a democracy and that modi is a reformist is purely a ruse. It's a nation at odds with itself, communally divided, led by a fanatic extremist leader whose supporters call for the butchering of Muslims and Christians. I don't see a good future for such a country. One spark only led to the Gujarat genocide.

zack khan Sep 22, 2015 09:36pm

@BHAIJAN , Rana Bhagwandas, Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 09:37pm

@Dr. ramesh Sharma .... Present Abraham Lincoln was self educated and came from a very humble back ground. The difference between Modi and Lincoln is that Lincoln freed the slaves. Modi does not even free Hindu slaves. If the poor have no food, they can always work as slaves. They can cook other people's food for a meal and a bed.

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 09:45pm

@Sunil Varma .... God is with no one. If they are not with God, God is not with them. Does God enslave people? No ... but Indians do, and Modi is an accomplice in that crime against humanity. In the Old Testament, 3,000 years ago it is written "a laborer is worthy of his hire".

Cyrus Sep 22, 2015 09:50pm

@Jallal ..... So long as there are slaves in India my ears are deaf to claims of Indian democracy. It is one thing to be poor. It is another to sell your children, or to be enslaved in your own country.

Introspect Sep 22, 2015 09:51pm

Modi has not changed. Either you were wrong earlier or wrong now!

Mustafa Sep 22, 2015 10:05pm

They did not punish even those who were found guilty. Google Mayaben Kodnani. She was found guilty of orchestrating 'hacking to death' of 97 Muslims, including women and children, sentenced for 27 years, served 20 months.

Maxx Sep 22, 2015 10:14pm

Indian Judicial system??? Just like Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri leader was hanged only because of the public demand even when released by the higher courts and later the appeal was turned, on Hindu extremist pressure. Similarly on RSS, Hindutvadis pressure courts released all the culprits in Gujarat massacre, including the incumbent who is holding the highest office as PM. Indian judicial system is a bigger joke than the Pakistan's Judicial system. Also the culprits in Samjhota express case has been released including colonel Prohit and Assemanand, and the Yaqub memon was hanged when he pleaded not guilty, and was not the main accused. Nothing can be more pliable, compromising and corrupt than Indian judicial system.

Akram Sep 22, 2015 10:19pm

"This case is not just about my husband, it is the final attempt to seek justice for thousands of Muslims who expected Modi to save them" Why did Muslims expect Modi to save them? Did Jews expect Hitler to save them?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 22, 2015 10:26pm

Well done Zakia Jafri, salute to you and your solid determination, rock like conviction and the iron clad will to fight out against the administration of "butcher of Gujrar." My message to you at this crucial juncture in time and history is to "keep it up and hang on tough. May God Almighty bless you and your loved ones." Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

M.Saeed Sep 22, 2015 10:28pm

When the all powerful US Governemnt liked its spit after Modi's win and removed the ban on Modi's visit to the US, what can we expect from the toothless Indian Justice on this old ladies cries for justice?

proud Indian Sep 22, 2015 10:31pm

The justice system that pakistan has worked out for themselves through military influence should be taken as a model for india as well. There is no justice india.

Nikhil Sep 22, 2015 10:38pm

How long wil you keep blaming Mr Modi for Gujarat riots??? He did his best to stop the violence & to bring the situation under control

ashutosh mishra Sep 22, 2015 10:44pm

@praphul 790 Muslim deaths versus 254 Hindu deaths in Gujarat 2002!!! Brother we are referring to human beings. Here is a test for you: please go out with a stick in your hand and try hitting any stranger on the street. Will it be possible for you?? Truth is you won't. The guys in Godhara train as well as the guys from Muslim ghettos across major Gujarat cities that killed strangers from the other community had lost humanity and ought to be seen as murderers. Mr Modi has escaped justice on technicalities, otherwise, truth is he actually looked the other way while the carnage occurred under his watch. That's the reason the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee admonished him saying, "Raja ko raj dharma ka palan karna chahiye"; it is another matter that the hardliners led by L K Advani blocked him from dismissing Modi's government. Certainly, whatever happened to the religious minorities wasn't under the rule of law. Can we condone vigilante justice where the state abdicates it's responsibility??

Samsonite Sep 22, 2015 10:49pm

63 Muslims were acquitted in the Godhra riots case including the alleged mastermind Maulvi Umarji. Every one accepted the verdict and did not question the veracity of the supreme court. Why should it be any different in Modi's case ?

Khalid/Copenhagen Sep 22, 2015 10:58pm

Sikhs are looking for justice for 20 years.. And surely will never .Here muslims are in the same boat. Its need of the our for Muslims and Sikhs to unite against terror from world largest "democracy"

d.rajendran Sep 22, 2015 11:06pm

@Sameer I fully agree with you.

ski Sep 22, 2015 11:28pm

she is not going to get anything.. congress who had refused to help Modi in 2002 now trying to defame Modi..

Giri Sep 22, 2015 11:50pm

@ashutosh mishra In the same way, You should implicate the then CMs of MP and Rajasthan who did not provide additional armed forces when Modi requested. Do you think they performed their raja dharma? Were they promoting riots? Enjoying massacre on TVs.

syed ali Sep 22, 2015 11:58pm

@Sasimann problem with both India and Pakistan is that people have mob mentality; therefore don not expect any justice.

syed ali Sep 23, 2015 12:02am

@Neutral Indian My hats off to you; best comment of the day. Keep up the good work.

Kumar Sep 23, 2015 12:39am

Jafri attempted to shoot at the protesters outside his bakery after Godhra train burning by local Muslims. In retaliation he was killed after some of his supporters killed the protesters.

Khan Sep 23, 2015 01:57am

It's the same situation both sides. Only ordinary public is used and abused by politicians. Remember the time, when all faiths united against the Raj. Now we shed each other's blood in the name of religion, sect, and cast. Does anyone among the masses realise, who benefits from our problems, wars and hatred?

S M Sep 23, 2015 02:07am

@Iqbal . if Modi was guilty ,do anybody think Congress. Would have spared him? in 10 years Congress would have cooked up enough evidence of crime if he was at all involved.

Ghaznavi Sep 23, 2015 02:20am

@JRM "What is justice for you in this case? ..You are talking like you lost somebody in Gujarat."

JRM- Since you asked , Justice would constitute punishment to the culprits i.e. all the way to the top of the chain of command. I know this will never happen .

By your logic I should feel injustice only if , I loose someone? Again since you asked my Uncle age 70 at the time was subjected to 3rd degree torture by BSF officer in Srinagar and was thrown in trash as they thought he was dead. He survived and is still alive to tell the story. The officer was never punished. I am sure you are intelligent enough to guess what would constitute justice for me in this case. I don't expect you to feel this pain.

Siddhesh Bhanushali Sep 23, 2015 03:25am

This woman has endured a lot.....riots were a very unfortunate event, although she does not have evidence implicating Modi directly.

Jallal Sep 23, 2015 03:56am

@M.Saeed Everything as long as there is EVIDENCE

Jallal Sep 23, 2015 04:14am

@Nasir the judge would think twice about the repurcussions before giving any judgement. Particularly when there is NO evidence

Jallal Sep 23, 2015 04:16am

@Aurangzeb True-Result is known, so what's the point of going to court! Particularly when you know there was NO evidence

ROHIT PANDEY. Sep 23, 2015 04:37am

The Supreme Court has exonerated Narendra Modi,not once,but,thrice?

Let us see what happens?

Truth_hurts Sep 23, 2015 05:35am

The best we have is the established system. We have to respect the outcome of the judicial system. Congress was always behind Modi beacuse he was a budding leader. Modi requested help from two neighboring states to control the riots but the neighboring states which were ruled by Congress refused to provide resources to Modi. This was all a conspiracy to pull down Modi by Congress. Congress even let US tap and Monitor Modi while he was just a CM. I feel sorry for this lady and for all the victims families. We need to address the root cause. Why the train was burnt? Why terrorism?

Pakistani Sep 23, 2015 05:38am

Modi was the CM when it happened.Whether or not he ordered it was irrelevant the fact is 2000 Muslims and Hindus killed.He should have resigned.

mohdas Sep 23, 2015 05:45am

Another attempt to make headlines!

holysmoke Sep 23, 2015 07:47am

@Fazal Karim : Tell us what "1st world " countries have achieved beyond material good! Are they all going to heaven?

Varntvar Sep 23, 2015 09:33am

Those calling zakia jafri a congress stoog are wrong. Teesra Setalvad is a congress stoog, no doubt now - as the embezzlement will eventually show. But Ms Jafri has gone through a personal loss, and she did get justice, since 7 people that lead the mob are prosecuted. She has been misled to believe Modi did not stop it. The SIT report clearly demonstrates that the three batches of Police dispatched for the locality were trapped in riots and could not reach on time. All phone records between police, home ministry, and CM Modi's office show this fact. Even the Amicus Curae was overturned by the Supreme Court. I strongly urge my Pakistani brothers to read the court orders, investigation reports, and SIT report themselves and make their own judgement. Congress tried to exaggerate the evidence because that was the only weapon they had to stop an increasingly popular and hardworking Modi.

Varntvar Sep 23, 2015 09:42am

@Fazal Karim No. Power of state and judiciary are separate powers. 200 sitting ministers have been prosecuted in India. A Raja was a sitting union cabinet minister when a lower court ordered his arrest. This routinely happens in India.

Kamlesh Sep 23, 2015 10:46am

@Satt No No leader in BJP can take on him

Raza Sep 23, 2015 07:43pm

Jafri's Husband was Shooting Bullets at innocent passer-by from his Haveli...

JET LEE Sep 24, 2015 12:14am

And Pakistan has moral support for her....

Pramod Sep 24, 2015 04:53am

@Malik "not even his video tape of telling everyone that how brutally he killed many muslims" I am with you MALIK! But please tell me about the video tape, where can I watch it? Do you have it? or It is available somewhere on internernet?

diwakar Sep 24, 2015 12:35pm

@A. Ali Dream and keep dreaming.

Shashank Sep 24, 2015 12:51pm

@Maxx My friend, you must understand the difference between alleged, accused, charged, and prosecuted. Mr Modi or anyone doesn't become culprit just because you say so. If it is hard to understand, please think of a situation where everyone starts accusing you or your family with no proof at all or perhaps just on some ill found rumours. That is not how a civilised society should work. And to correct people factually, Godhra riots is one where most convictions have been done in Indian history! Many have been acquitted too, including many prominent Muslims! And against some, even basic material to start the case was lacking, such as in case of PM Modi.

George Sep 24, 2015 04:43pm

@Rajeev Velagapudi I am very sorry that you haven't really understood the pain of victims.

gaurav Sep 24, 2015 06:25pm

@Satt thank u for your advice

MHamza Sep 24, 2015 10:06pm

Poor lady. This shows the true face of India where people has elected a former wanted Terrorist Modi as their Prime Minister. I know no one is gonna listen to her bcoz this is what the actual India is.

MHamza Sep 24, 2015 10:07pm

@BHAIJAN There is no point of reaching to courts if u can't get justice for such a big incident