Gujarat riots: Panel may submit report by March
Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission has
indicated it may submit its final report with regard to the
2002 post-Godhra riots by the end of March 2012, the State
Government told the Gujarat High Court on Thursday.
The submission was made by Government Pleader P K Jani
before a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Bhaskar
Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala, while referring the
letter written by the Commission to the Government.
The Bench was hearing a public interest litigation
(PIL) seeking details on present status of the two-member
panel and when it intended to submit its final conclusions
about the large-scale communal violence in which over 1,000
people were killed.
Last week, the court had asked the Government to find
out from the Commission if it had got an extension and when it
would be submitting its findings.
In response, the Government today produced a letter
written by the judicial body which has said it was likely to
submit the report by end of its extended term, that is March
Jani also informed the court that on December 20 the
term of the Government-appointed panel, which was to end on
December 31, was extended (for 17th time) till March 31.
After hearing the response from the Commission and
Government, the Bench said they would wait till March 31, and
if no report is submitted by then, the matter would be taken
up in first week of April for appropriate orders.
The PIL, filed by one Jignesh Goswami through advocate
K G Pandit, had said the Commission, set up in March 2002, had
only submitted an interim report in September 2008. But it had
not informed the Government or the people of Gujarat when it
intended to submit the final report.
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