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Godhra: Justice Banerjee stands by his findings

Justice U C Banerjee, who had described the Godhra train carnage as "accidental", on Wednesday said he will stand by his inquiry commission report "200 per cent" and he would not resile from that.



Kolkata: Justice U C Banerjee, who had
described the Godhra train carnage as "accidental", on Wednesday said
he will stand by his inquiry commission report "200 per cent"
and he would not resile from that.

A day after a special court in Ahmedabad accepted the
conspiracy theory in the burning of a coach of the Sabarmati
Express that killed 59 kar sewaks, Justice Banerjee, a
retired Supreme Court judge, said he was surprised that the
special court has acquitted the main accused Maulvi Umarji.
"I stand by my report 200 per cent that it was an
accidental fire in a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra
station on February 27, 2002, and I will not deviate from
that," Justice Banerjee told PTI from Hyderabad over phone.

Initially refusing to comment on yesterday`s
judgement, he said, "I am yet to get a copy of the judgement
(delivered by the special court which yesterday confirmed
conspiracy theory behind the coach burning) and it has not
been sent to me".

Justice Banerjee, who was appointed as head of the
commission by UPA-1 government in 2005 when Lalu Prasad was
the Railway Minister, said he had prepared his inquiry
report after extensively going into all aspects and examining
80 witnesses before finalising his conclusion.

Asked about the judgement of the special court of
Ahmedabad, he said "It is really surprising to me as the main
accused was acquitted. But I would tell you that I have yet to
get a copy of the judgement".
To a question, he said his report was never guided by
any political considerations and was strictly based on
evidences.

The Banerjee Commission had said dismissed the
conspiracy theory behind the train carnage and described it as
accidental.

Fiftynine passengers, mostly Kar Sevaks from Ayodhya,
were killed in the fire in S6 coach of Sabarmati Express at
Godhra station on February 27, 2002.

PTI

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