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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to appear on Sunday before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with a 2002 Gujarat riots case, official sources said.

SIT had summoned Modi in connection with a complaint of Zakia Jaffery, widow of former MP Eshan Jaffery who was killed by a mob along with 69 others at Gulburg society in February 2002.

“Modi is not likely to appear before the SIT today,” sources in the state government said.

The Supreme Court had on April 27 last year asked the SIT to inquire into Zakia’s complaint in which she alleged that Modi and 62 others, including his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior bureaucrats aided and abetted the riots which left over 1,000 people dead.

Zakia approached the apex court after the Gujarat High Court refused on November 3, 2007 to give any direction and asked her to seek redressal before a magistrate’s court.


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