Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has
extended, for the 18th time, the term of the Nanavati
Commission that has been probing the 2002 riots by nine months
till December 31, officials of the state legal department said
The term of the panel comprising retired Justices G T
Nanavati and Akshay Mehta was extended last time in December
last and was to expire on March 31.
The commission has recently recorded statements of
politicians like former minister IK Jadeja and former
minister of state for home Gordhan Zadafia.
Last month, Gujarat High Court had rejected a petition
seeking directions to the judicial panel to summon chief
minister Narendra Modi for questioning in connection with the
The Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) representing some riot
victims, had approached the high court last year for directing
the commission to summon Modi for questioning after the
two-member riot panel rejected its similar plea.
JSM had submitted in the high court that Modi should
be summoned by the commission as the role of the chief
minister falls within the ambit of the probe panel`s inquiry.
However, a division bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and
Sonia Gokani rejected the application on the grounds that the
commission had larger discretionary powers to call witnesses.
JSM had challenged the high court order in the Supreme
Court which had last week refused to direct Nanavati
Commission to summon Modi, saying it would amount to "judicial
The SC-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) had
earlier questioned Modi in connection with the 2002 riots in
The apex court also made it clear that it cannot
monitor and interfere with working of the commission which is
a statutory body and yet to place its report before the state