Ex Congress MP deposes before riot panel

At least two affidavits were filed before the Commission alleging that the former Rajya Sabha MP, was involved in conspiracy to spread hatred.

Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 22:52 PM IST

Cuttack: Former Congress MP RK Naik,
against whom there are allegations of inciting communal riots
on Tuesday appeared before the Justice Basudev Panigrahi Commission
of inquiry which is probing the December, 2007 communal riots
in Odisha`s Kandhamal district.

At least two affidavits were filed before the
Commission alleging that the former Rajya Sabha MP, was
involved in conspiracy to spread hatred among people of
different religions.

Denying having any role in the Kandhamal riots
of 2008, he said "For most part between 2004 and 08, I stayed
in New Delhi and have no role in the riots."

Naik, during cross examination denied that he was a
Christian and claimed that he was a dalit Hindu and
had never converted.

He said disclosed that his wife was a Christian and
their marriage was solemnized in 1960 in a church at Sambalpur
under Christian customs.

He stated that his two daughters married Christians
while his son has married a Russian girl.

PTI