New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition seeking a direction to Nanavati Commission, inquiring into the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, to
summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the carnage.
A bench comprising justices D K Jain and A K Dave allowed an NGO, Jan Sangarsh Manch (JSM), to withdraw its petition challenging a Gujarat High Court`s order.
The NGO withdrew the appeal after the bench made it clear
that it was not going to interfere with the impugned order of
the high court.
The bench said it cannot monitor the working of the
commission and interfere at every stage when it passes some
"Can`t it be an over reach by the court," the bench said,
when the NGO`s counsel and senior advocate Collin Gonsalves
pressed for a direction to the Justice G T Nanavati Commission
of inquiry which is going into the cases of riots for the last
The Nanavati Commission was formed in 2002 after the
post-Godhra train carnage riots. In 2004, the terms of
reference of the commission had been expanded to include in
its purview an examination of the chief minister`s role in the