Nanavati Commission summons former Guj minister

The Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 riots, has summoned former Gujarat minister IK Jadeja on September 5 for questioning.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2011, 21:26 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission,
probing the 2002 riots, has summoned former Gujarat minister
and currently spokesperson of the ruling BJP party IK Jadeja
on September 5 for questioning.

Jadeja would be the second minister of the then
Narendra Modi-led BJP government to be questioned as a
witness by the commission.

The Commission had last year questioned the then
minister of state for Home Gordhan Zadafia with regard to the
Godhra train burning incident and the communal riots that
followed, where over 1000 persons were killed.

Zadafia has now parted ways with the BJP and has
floated his own party Mahagujarat Janta Party.

During the 2002 riots, Jadeja was minister in the Modi
government in-charge of Urban Development.

Zadafia was questioned on November 19 for over one and
a half hours by retired justice GT Nanavati and retired
justice Akshay Mehta of Commission.

The Commission had later told the Gujarat High Court
that it had not called Zadafia as a witness nor it intended to
gather evidence from him and that he was called under section
4 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, which is to question
somebody for gathering information on the incident under
question.

PTI