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Twelve years after Godhra riots, Justice Nanavati Commission hands over probe report to Gujarat CM

Nov 18, 2014 03:02 PM IST India India
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Ahmedabad: Twelve years after the Godhra riots, Justice GT Nanavati commission on Tuesday submitted its report to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at her residence. Justice Nanavati had maintained that the final report is ready and will be submitted soon.

The Commission took 24 extensions before the report has finally been been handed over to the Chief Minister. The last extension to the committee ended on October 31.

In 2008, the inquiry panel submitted one part of its findings about the Godhra train burning incident. It had then concluded that the burning of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station was a planned conspiracy.

The commission comprises retired judges GT Nanavati and Akshay Mehta. The panel had been constituted by the Gujarat state government on March 3, 2002, under the Commission of Inquiry Act comprising Justice KG Shah in the wake of the Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002 and the subsequent communal riots across the state.

The panel had been constituted by the state government on March 3, 2002, under the Commission of Inquiry Act, comprising Justice K G Shah in the wake of the Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002, and the subsequent communal riots across the state.

In May 2002, the state government appointed retired Supreme Court Justice GT Nanavati as the chairman of the commission and the Terms of Reference (TOR) were further amended in June 2002, as per which the panel was also asked to inquire the incidents of violence that took place after the Godhra incident.

In 2008, after the death of Justice KG Shah, retd High Court Justice Akshay Mehta was appointed to the panel.

The commission investigated roles of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as per the TOR, his Cabinet colleagues of that time, senior government and police officers along with functionaries of some right wing organisations during the period of 2002 riots.

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