Cong refuses to comment on judgement in Godhra case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 19:00
New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday refused to comment on the judgement of a Gujarat Court in Godhra case, saying the party does not comment on court judgements.

"We do not comment on court judgements. So we do not have to comment on the quantum of punishment given by the court as well", party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters.

She was responding to questions on the judgement of a special court in Gujarat today handing down death sentence to eleven convicts and life imprisonment to 20 others in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident that left 59 'karsevaks' dead, triggering riots which claimed over 1200 lives in the state.

Asked to comment on BJP's statement that the court order has laid to rest the theory that everything was instigated by the Narendra Modi government, Natarajan said Congress would not like to draw a parallel between the court judgement and committee findings.

Responding to the same question, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily also said, "I am not going to comment on that...there are differing reports of the commissions. Nanavati Commission is yet to give a report. There are other reports like Justice Mukherjee report. I do not want to get into it."

The one-man U C Banerjee Commission appointed by the Railway Ministry under Lalu Prasad Yadav had said that fire was "accidental" while the Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had in the first part of the report concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach was not an accident, but was caused by throwing of petrol inside it.

Natarajan also congratulated Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for giving a "very reasonable budget", saying it addressed the fundamental commitment of Congress and UPA to the issue of inclusive growth in a comprehensive manner.

She also welcomed the decision to provide cash subsidy in fertlizers, LPG and Kerosene oil directly to consumers. She said the budget continues the process of cautious growth keeping in mind the society's disadvantaged sections at the same time.


First Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 19:00

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