The Gujarat High Court,while hearing a PIL questioning the repeated extensions being granted to the Nanavati-Mehta Commission,on Thursday directed the state government to apprise the court about the scope and exact terms of reference of the panel which is probing the post-Godhra riots.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala also asked the state government to produce rules for the appointments of additional public prosecutors and assistant government pleader along with details on them. The PIL had also raised questions of conflict of interest in the matter while stating that while Justice G T Nanavati headed a commission appointed by the state government,his two sons,Maulik and Dhaval,represented the state government and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation before different judicial fora. The PIL was moved by one Jignesh Goswami before the Commission was granted its latest,nine-month extension recently.
The Commissions secretary,in a communication dated December 2,2011,had informed the court that it was likely to submit its final report soon.
The acting Chief Justice today observed it was very unusual for the Commission having got an extension of nine months. He also remarked that while criminal trials in cases related to post-Godhra riots were concluding,the Commission was yet to submit its report. The court is scheduled to hear the petition again on Friday.