Riot panel nod to Jadeja’s cross-examination

The Nanavati Commission agreed to cross examination of a former minister in Narendra Modi govt, I K Jadeja, in connection with the Godhra train burning incident and the communal violence.

Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission on Wednesday in
principal agreed to cross examination of a former minister in
Narendra Modi government, I K Jadeja, in connection with the
Godhra train burning incident and the communal violence that
followed across Gujarat.

It however decided to pass final order in the last week
of November after hearing the state government which objected
to Jadeja`s cross examination and sought time to file reply.

The Commission comprising of retd Justice G T Nanavati
and Retd Justice Akshay Mehta was hearing the applications of
NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) representing some of the 2002
riot victims and Congress party, seeking permission for
cross-examination of Jadeja, who was questioned by the riot
panel on November 8.

It asked state government advocate Bomi Sethna, to file
objections by last week of November when the next hearing is
scheduled.

The Commission said it would be summoning Jadeja on the
day when the government`s objections are to be heard, and if
the objections are overruled, Jadeja would be cross examined
on the same day by JSM and Congress party.

Appearing for JSM, senior counsel Mukul Sinha told the
Commission that since Jadeja was Minister of Urban development
at time of 2002 riots, and was also present at the meeting
called by Modi on night of February 27, 2002, hence his cross
examination was required.

PTI