Nanavati Commission reserves order on summoning Modi

The Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots, today reserved its order on an application seeking summoning of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and three others for questioning.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 23:23 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission, probing
the 2002 post-Godhra riots, today reserved its order on an
application seeking summoning of Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and three others for questioning.

The panel, comprising retired Justices G T Nanavati and
Akshay Mehta, reserved the order on the plea filed by NGO Jan
Sangharsh Manch (JSM) after the state government submitted its
final reply opposing the application seeking summoning of
Modi, Ashok Bhatt, Gordhan Jhadafia and R J Savani.

Advocate Tempton Nanavati, representing the state, argued
that there was no need to call Jhadafia and Savani as their
statements had already been recorded by the Supreme
Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is
probing nearly a dozen 2002 riot cases.

Besides, these statements have been included in the
documents given to the commission by the SIT, he said.

JSM counsel S H Iyer, however, said methods of
interrogation and cross-examination by the Commission and SIT
were different. The NGO, during an earlier hearing last month,
had not pressed for summoning Modi and Bhatt.

After hearing both sides, the Commission reserved its
order and the date for the ruling will be announced later.

Bhatt, the then Health Minister, is now Assembly Speaker
while Jhadafia was Home Minister at the time of the riots. He
later parted ways with BJP and floated his own party. Savani
was the then Deputy Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad.

The Commission also reserved its order on JSM`s
another application requesting summoning of three officials of
Modi`s office - Omprakash Singh, Tanmay Mehta and Sanjay
Bhavsar -for cross-examination in the 2002 riots.

These officials submitted affidavits to the panel last
year.

The Commission was also examining the documents
prepared by SIT in Gulburg, Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam riot
cases (all in Ahmedabad).

The documents were supplied to the Commission on
request last month. However, SIT has not given the statement
of Modi, quizzed by the SC-appointed agency on March 27-28, to
the probe panel.

PTI