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Gujarat High Court to start the final hearing in 2002 Zakia Jafri case on 27 July

Hina Fatima Khan | Updated on: 8 July 2015, 18:11 IST

Gujarat High Court will start the final hearing on 27 July over the revision application filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri. The lower courts had given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 58 others in connection with the 2002 riots.

Justice Sonia Gokani on Tuesday asked Jafri's lawyers to supply English translation of those documents on which they intend to rely during the proceeding in future. According to sources, they are asked to provide the papers by 17 July and the court will take up the matter for hearing ten days later.

The problem of translation delayed hearing

Translation of bulky case records in Gujarati is an issue and the matter had been adjourned for nearly an year. Earlier, both Jafri and the Supreme Court appointed SIT were asked to supply translation, but the court was not satisfied with the quality of translation. But when the documents were translated at the behest of court registry, Jafri's lawyers took exception to the veracity of translation in March.

Jafri approached the HC in March last year against the lower court's decision, after the metropolitan court upheld the closure report filed by SIT in December 2003.

The Supreme Court asked the SIT to probe the conspiracy aspect behind the 2002 riots on complaint filed by Zakia Jafri. After cops did not register her complaint in 2006, she moved to court demanding investigation against Modi and others in 2002 riots.

First published: 8 July 2015, 13:06 IST