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‘Nanavati panel report to be tabled in Budget session’

Amid speculation about its contents, Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj today announced the Nanavati Commission Report on anti-Sikh riots of 1...

Amid speculation about its contents, Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj today announced the Nanavati Commission Report on anti-Sikh riots of 1984 would be tabled during the coming Budget session of Parliament.

Bhardwaj was talking to mediapersons while on a visit to Mahakaleshwar Mutt, for a Basant Panchmi function.

The Sikh community and Opposition parties have been demanding that the report be ‘‘made public’’ ever since retired Supreme Court judge G.T. Nanavati submitted the two-volume, 185-page report to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday.

An estimated 3,000 people were killed in the National Capital in the anti-Sikh riots that followed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination on october 31, 1984.

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The Commission of Inquiry’s report contains findings on whether any political party had organised the riots. The 70-year old judge, who is also probing the Gujarat riots, firmly refused to give any indication about his findings although recent media reports, which the Commission has rubbished, have said that he had given clean chit to the Congress party, which had been accused of having a hand in the anti-Sikh riots.

The Commission, which was constituted by the NDA Government, on the complaint of the Sikh community that the Ranganath Commission Report did not unravel the entire truth behind the riots, has also reportedly recommended ways and means in terms of administrative steps to prevent recurrence of such riots.

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