Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission, probing
the 2002 communal riots, today submitted the status report of
its work to the Gujarat High Court.
The sealed cover was handed over by the Government
Pleader Prakash Jani to a division bench of Chief Justice S J
Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi, during the hearing on a
petition seeking cross examination of Chief Minister Narendra
Modi and three others.
The court while hearing the petition filed by Jan
Sangarsh Manch (JSM), an NGO representing some of the post-
Godhra riot victims last week, had asked government to furnish
status report on the Commission`s work.
The court has scheduled further hearing on the matter
for June 30.
Nanavati Commission, in September last year had rejected
JSM`s application asking for summoning of Modi and three
others, saying they did not find justification in cross-
examining them at that point of time.
JSM then approached the High Court seeking quashing of
the Nanavati Commission`s order in November 2009. However, a
single bench of Justice K S Jhaveri dismissed its petition
saying that the Commission had not completed its inquiry and
still had the power to summon Modi.
Following this, JSM filed an appeal before a division
bench of the Gujarat High Court.
The state government had last week extended the term of
Commission, comprising of retd. Justice G T Nanavati and retd
Justice Akshay Mehta, for the 14th time till December 31.