Nanavati Commission report on 2002 riots tabled in Gujarat Assembly (Photo Credit: File Image)
The final report of Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission on the 2002 Gujarat riots, and action taken on it, was tabled in the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja tabled the report in the House, five years after it was submitted to the then state government. The first part of the report of the commission, formed to inquire into the cause of the Godhra train burning incident and subsequent communal riots, was tabled in the Assembly on September 25, 2009. The commission submitted its final report (containing part two) on November 18, 2014, to then chief minister Anandiben Patel, but it was withheld by the state government since then.
The state government had, in September this year, told the Gujarat High Court it will table the report in the next Assembly session. The state government's assurance was in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by former IPS officer RB Sreekumar, seeking a direction from HC to the government to make the report public.