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The Ehsan Jafri Case

Modi’s Banquo Ghost

The report by the International Human Rights and Confl ict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School, When Justice Becomes the Victim - The Quest for Justice After the 2002 Violence in Gujarat, indicts the lower echelons of the Indian judiciary and makes a case for reforms in the criminal judicial system.

Narendra Damodardas Modi’s destination may have been very different if the Indian criminal justice system had met the standards of more robust democratic legal systems that make strict adherence to due process and timely delivery of justice an article of faith and everyday practice.

Nothing exemplifies this more than the handling of the case of the murder of Ehsan Jafri, former Member of Parliament (MP) who was hacked to death alongwith many others in the Gulberg society in the Chamanpura suburb of Ahmedabad. The case is brilliantly etched out in the report by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School, When Justice Becomes the Victim – The Quest for Justice After the 2002 Violence in Gujarat (2014).

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