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Gujarat riots: Nanavati commission seeks extension to submit final report

Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Posted: June 27, 2014 8:48 pm

Gujarat Government appointed Nanavati-Mehta Commission has sought one more extension from the Gujarat Government to submit its final report before the government, sources said on Friday.

The two-member commission consisting of Justices (retired) G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta has been probing into the 2002 Godhra Train Burning incident and the subsequent communal riots in the state.

The term of the Commission is ending on June 30. Sources added that the Commission has moved a formal request to the state government and the latter is likely to take a decision on it shortly. If granted the extension, it will be the 22nd extension for the Commission ever since it was constituted on March 6, 2002.

The Commission has already given its first report pertaining to the incident of burning the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express in which 59 Kar Sevaks were charred to death near Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002. The Commission had called the incident as a pre-planned conspiracy involving ‘some individuals’.

The Commission was appointed by the Gujarat Government led by the  Chief Minister of the state, Narendra Modi, shortly after the riots in 2002. Initially, the Commission was consisting of Justices (Retired) G T Nanavati and K G Shah. However, following the death of Shah in March 2008, Justice (Retired) Akshay Mehta was appointed as the second member of the Commission.

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