November 21, 2014 9:20:13 pm
Congress on Friday rejected the final report of the Justice Nanavati Commission on post Godhra riots in 2002 alleging that the panel was set up to “save the skin” of the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. “When the Commission was being set up, I had said that nothing will come out of this report. This Commission was set up to save the skin of Modi ji and was a wastage of public money,” party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said. “This commission was hurriedly set up by the state government then so that the possibility of Centre setting up any Commission gets dismal. The state government then acted as public, prosecutor and judge in this matter,” he said.
The former CLP leader of Gujarat alleged that public money was “wasted” for 12 years on this commission and suggested that “favours” were done to Nanavati’s son by making him a public prosecutor. The Congress leader drew the media’s attention to the fact that the report was presented to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel two days after the assembly session there came to a close.
After 12 years since its formation and 24 extensions, the Nanavati Commission had on Tuesday submitted its second and final report on the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, in which more than 1000 people, mostly from a minority community were killed, to Patel. A day later the judicial commission said that there was insufficient evidence to support allegations levelled against Modi to summon him for questioning before the panel. The panel is reported to have given a Modi clean chit in post-Godhra riots.
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