Sibal's remark on Nanavati Commn insult to judiciary: Vyas

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas on Thursday termed the remarks of Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on the Nanavati Commission here yesterday as an insult to the country's judicial system.

"Kapil Sibal's allegation regarding the Nanavati Commission is an insult to the judicial mechanism of the nation," said Vyas, who is also the state government spokesperson.

The Union Minister's comments are unfair and it is also an insult to the Supreme Court, as the probe panels are headed by retired judges of the Supreme Court, he added.

The Union Minister yesterday expressing displeasure over the slow progress in cases of the 2002 Gujarat riots had said that there were chances of evidence getting destroyed as the Nanavati Commission was taking too long to submit its findings.

"The allegations made by a senior advocate like Sibal has raised questions over the credibility of the judicial system in India," Vyas said.

Nanavati Commission was formed in accordance to the recommendations of the Apex court. It is the only commission appointed by a state government which takes even the Chief Minister and other ministers under its ambit, Vyas said.

The Commission has already examined 44,445 affidavits, questioned more than 1,000 witnesses. It submitted Part-1 of its report in 2008, he informed.

"It is surprising that a senior advocate like Sibal has not even looked at the working of Commission before making such comments," Vyas said.

Providing details of the time taken by various probe panels during the Congress regime, Vyas said that the Justice Marwaha Commission and Mishra Commission probing into the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 took 13-17 years, to come out with a report.

Proceedings of the commission looking into Bhagalpur riots of 1989 went on for 21 years and yet trials are still pending in 26 cases, which were reopened in 2006, he said.

"The commission examining Mumbai riots of 1992 spent 14 to 19 years in hearings, while the commission probing Rajiv Gandhi's assassination took several years to come up with a report," Vyas said.

Likewise what was the outcome of Reddy Commission which was constituted to probe into communal riots of 1969, Vyas said.