New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday recalled
its March 19 order seeking response of the Nanavati Commission
and the Gujarat Government on a plea for direction to the
panel to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi for questioning
in connection with the 2002 riots.
A bench of justices DK Jain and AK Dave today said,
"We are recalling our order dated March 19, 2012" and posted
the matter for fresh hearing on Monday.
The apex court passed the order after informing Senior
counsel Collin Gonsalves that it had assumed that the matter
related to two other petitions on the Godhra riots as it was
"misled" by certain submission made before it.
On March 19, the apex court had issued notices to the
commission and the state government, asking them to file their
responses within four weeks.
The bench`s order had come on a petition of Jan Sangarsh
Manch (JSM), an NGO, seeking direction to the commission to
call Modi for questioning after its plea was dismissed by the
Gujarat High Court.
The NGO submitted 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.
Nanavati Commission was formed in 2002 after post-Godhra
train carnage riots. In 2004, the terms of reference of the
commission had been expanded to include in its purview an
examination of the chief minister`s role in the riots.
In September 2009, the commission had rejected JSM`s plea
to summon of Modi and five others for cross-examination with
regard to the communal violence in which over 1,000 people
The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team
(SIT) had earlier questioned Modi on 2002 riots for over ten
hours in 2010.