Justice Nanavati has clean chit to Narendra Modi

The Nanavati Commission has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi a clean chit in the post-Godhra riots of Gujarat in 2002. Justice (retd) G.T. Nanavati, whose commission has painstakingly and meticulously probed the Gujarat riots case for well over a decade, has said that he does not find any justification to summon the then chief minister Narendra Modi to examine his role in the Gujarat riots of 2002, even though the CM and his Cabinet were included in his probe commission terms of reference.

The Nanavati Commission has clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then Gujarat- Chief Minister, virtually squashes the motivated and sinister campaign of calumny against hi, which was mounted by elements within the country and abroad, inimical to India’s interests.

Asked why he did not summon Modi, Nanavati said, 'The question is, is there a justification to call anybody?'

Nanavati, who heads the two-member commission, submitted its final inquiry report into the post-Godhra riots to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at her official residence on Tuesday. The report was submitted 12 years and 25 extensions after the commission was appointed by the Modi-led state government on March 6, 2002.

Apart from Nanavati, the former Supreme Court judge, the commission includes retired Gujarat High Court judge Akshay Mehta.

Speaking after submitting the report, Nanavati also responded to the late president K R Narayanan’s allegation of a conspiracy between the Centre and the state to perpetrate the riots. 'When some allegations are there and you are called upon to produce the documents and you don’t produce it, what does it mean? It means the allegation does not appear to be true,' Nanavati said.

In the 12 years of its inquiry, the commission received more than 50,000 affidavits. And, even before the first report was submitted, the second member of the original commission Justice (retd) K G Shah died in 2008 and was replaced by Justice (retd) Mehta.

Courtesy India Tomorrow.co

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