. R K MISRA Gandhinagar The Supreme Court appointed special investigation team has handed over its voluminous report to Zakia Jaffri, widow of slain former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffri, thus effectively clearing the way for her to file a protest peti
tion against the decision to give a clean chit to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
The report, which runs into 68 volumes and has 2,200 annexures, 25 CDs and a 89- page index, was handed over to her in the court of Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate.
Interestingly also appended is the report of the amicus curie, senior advocate Raju Ramachandran who was independently appointed by the Supreme Court after questions were raised against the SIT headed by R. K. Raghavan for the manner in which it was conducting the probe.
Ramchandran has submitted two reports directly to the apex court.
While the SIT has in its wisdom chosen to give a clean chit to the Gujarat chief minister and the others, Ramachandrans report says that there are enough grounds to make out a case against him.
Lawyer Sheikhs reference to the Amicus Curies recommendations area a clear indicator that Jaffri intends to contest the closure report of the SIT in court thus signaling a bitterly contested, long drawn court battle that will go through the serpentine judicial alleys to wind up in the Supreme Court finally.