Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that the state government would examine whether the riots cases mentioned in the Justice Srikrishna Commission report that probed the 1992-93 Mumbai riots could be reopened.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Deshmukh said that following representations from various organisations on the issue, the Mumbai police commissioner has been asked to study the cases. A report on the issue was also sent to the Congress high command three days ago.
While the accused in the Mumbai bomb blasts case have been convicted by court, the State Government is under fire for its inaction on the report. Deshmukh had earlier stated that there was no question of shielding the accused and stressed that the state would implement the report. “The case is open and not closed,” he had told reporters after the conclusion of the monsoon session of the State Assembly.
However, the Shiv Sena has reacted sharply to the demands for action against those indicted by the Srikrishna Commission. In a report in party mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena says the demand for implementation of the Srikrishna report is tantamount to saying “hang the Hindus” with an eye on the Muslim votes.
The commission’s report blames among others Sena supremo Bal Thackeray for instigating attacks on Muslims. The report was rejected by the Sena-BJP combine for being “one-sided,” but it has again come to haunt the saffron parties following conclusion of the Mumbai serial blasts trial.
“If the underlying objective (of this demand) is to target Shiv Sena, we know how to deal with such things. There would be repercussions across the state,” said Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP and editor of party mouthpiece Saamna Sanjay Raut.
The attempt to resurrect the report was like “digging up a nine-year-old grave,” said Raut. He added that the report had been rejected by a democratically elected government and the “public opinion that the report was anti- Hindu was still prevalent today.”
The Supreme Court had recently indicated that it would not hesitate to order a reinvestigation and proper prosecution of the accused in the Mumbai riots, on the lines of it’s action in Gujarat.