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NEW DELHI: The special investigation team, which had investigated nine major cases related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat under the supervision of the apex court, on Thursday said it had done a thorough probe into the allegations levelled by Zakia Jafri and Teesta Setalvad about a larger conspiracy involving then CM Narendra Modi and found them to be baseless.
Appearing for the SIT, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi told a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar that ’s original complaint in 2006 was about 30-40 pages levelling allegations about every ruling party politician, bureaucracy and police being involved in the larger conspiracy, which meant that the state had turned against its people.
Rohatgi said over the years, allegations have become wilder and bulkier, with the 2018 petition seeking fresh probe into the allegations now running into hundreds of pages.
“The complainant is driven by Setalvad and her NGO to make such allegations. Nonetheless, the assiduously investigated each and every allegation, made recommendations for prosecution of many who had earlier been left out, but found their allegations about a larger conspiracy founded on the statements of three tainted police officers — R B Sreekumar, Rahul Sharma and Sanjiv Bhat,” he said.
Reading out the details of the investigations into the allegations, Rohatgi said an allegation was levelled that arms and ammunitions were manufactured illegally by several persons much prior to the and extra-judicial confessions to this effect were recorded in a sting operation carried out by journalist Ashish Khetan and aired by the web portal Tehelka.
“This means these people knew that Sabarmati Express would be set afire at Godhra on February 27, that there would be an angry reaction by people and that when the mob starts retaliating against a particular community, these arms and ammunition manufacturers would supply it to them. This is the sum and substance of the wider conspiracy,” he said.

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