Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the Narendra Modi government on a PIL seeking details of the Nanavati Commission`s present status and whether it intends to submit a final report before the conclusion of its term.
The notice was issued by a division bench of acting Chief
Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala.
The bench asked the state government to inform about the
present status of Justice (retd) G T Nanavati-headed
Commission, which is probing the 2002 post-Godhra communal
riots and also the Sabarmati Express fire.
It also asked the government to apprise the court by
December 22 if the Commission would be submitting its final
report on or before its term expires on December 31.
The PIL, filed by Jignesh Goswami through advocate K G
Pandit, has also sought to know whether the panel has applied
for extension of its term, and if yes, was the government
ready to grant it.
The petitioner has sought these details on the grounds
that public money to the tune of Rs 6.37 crore has been spent
on the Commission since its inception in March 2002.
Even after over nine years and 17 extensions, it has only
submitted an interim report in September, 2008. The panel has
also not informed the government or the people of Gujarat when
it intends to submit the final report, he said.