Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday asked the Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 riot cases, to clarify by April 1 whether it will summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the matter.
A division bench of Chief Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya and
Justice Akil Kureshi sought this information from the
government pleader while hearing an appeal by Jan Sangarsh
Manch (JSM), an NGO representing the 2002 riot victims.
When the matter came up for hearing today the court asked
the government pleader to get clarification from Nanavati
Commission by April 1 with regard to its order of September
2009, and inform the court whether its decision not to summon
Modi and others was a final decision or a tentative one.
Nanavati Commission, in September last year, had disposed
off JSM's application asking for summoning of Modi and others,
saying that it did not find justification in cross-examining
them at that point of time for the purpose stated by JSM.
The Commission had further stated in the order that
allegations made in JSM's application were vague and based on
wrong or unwarranted assumptions.
JSM had sought quashing of the Nanavati Commission's
order in the Gujarat HC and prayed that Modi and three
others -- the then home minister Gordhan Zadafia, health
minister Ashok Bhat and DCP Zone 5, R J Savani -- be called for
cross examination with regard to the 2002 riots.
A single bench of Justice K S Jhaveri dismissed JSM's
petition in November last year, saying that the Commission has
not completed its inquiry and still has power to summon Modi
under Section 8(b) of Commissions of Inquiry Act.
The JSM then filed an appeal before a division bench
where it sought quashing of Commission's order and issuance of
summons to Modi and three others for cross examination with
regard to the 2002 riots.
The Nanavati Commission had last month informed the High
Court on the status of its inquiry.
The Commission in its letter had said that it had
completed analysis of all evidences collected and statements
recorded and was about to begin writing the report.
The process of writing the report was likely to take 3-4
months, it had said.
The Commission stated that it had probed about 4,145
cases which took place between February 27, 2002 and May 31,
Modi was summoned by the Special Investigation Team
appointed by Supreme Court yesterday in Gulburg society riot
case but he failed to appear before the team.
First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 16:08