December 11, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: As per reports, the Gujarat government has tabled the final part of the Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission report on the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat, in the state assembly on Wednesday December 11).
The report deals with post-Godhra violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed in the widespread genocidal violence across the State.
Reports in Indian media notes that the government appointed commission has given clean chit to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in post-Godhara violence. The Commission held that the Gujarat carnage were not organised and the State administration had taken all necessary measures to control the situation.
It may be recalled that the then Chief Minister of Gujarat had announced on February 28, 2002 announced a one-man commission to inquire into the cause of the Godhra train burning incident and subsequent violence.
The government later reconstituted the commission, with Justice G.T. Nanavati, a former Supreme Court judge, as its chairman and Justice K.G. Shah, a former High Court judge, as a member.
After Justice Shah died, Justice A.K. Mehta, also a former High Court judge, was appointed in Justice Shah’s place.
The government had also expanded the terms of reference of the commission, bringing under its purview role and conduct of the Chief Minister, Ministers and police officers during the riots.
The commission was originally given six months to conduct the inquiry and submit the report but after over a dozen extensions, the first part of the report was submitted in 2009 and final report in 2014.
The two-member inquiry commission submitted its final report containing part two on November 18, 2014, to then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, but it was withheld by the State government since then.
In September this year, the State government submitted in the Gujarat High Court that it would table the second part of the report in the next Assembly session.
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