Friday, September 26, 2008

Clean Chit to Narendra Modi

Nanavati Commission report absolves Narendra Modi:
The Sabarmati Express coach burning was a "pre-planned conspiracy", a probe panel has said, also giving a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the state police in the riots that followed, which claimed over 1,000 lives.

The report which went into the coach burning in February, 2002 in which 58 kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed, "was a pre-planned conspiracy" which was hatched at the Aman Guest House in Godhra. The train carnage was cited as the reason by Hindu outfits to justify the post-Godhra pogrom.

This finding of the two-member Commission goes contrary to a probe headed by another former Supreme Court judge U C Banerjee set up by the Lalu Prasad-headed railway ministry that the coach burning was purely an accident. Retired justice Akshay Mehta was the other member of the Nanavati Commission.

"There is absolutely no no evidence to show that either the Chief Minister or any of the ministers in his council or police officers had played any role in the Godhra incident," said the report of Justice G T Nanavati, a former Supreme Court judge, that went into the train burning incident.

The first part of the report was tabled in the state assembly today and evoked instant criticism from political parties and activists opposed to the BJP. They contended that the Commission was set up to "mislead" the people.

The Bannerjee committee, set up by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in September 2004, in its report submitted in 2005 had said the burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati express on February 27, 2002 was an accident.

"I have recorded my findings that it is an accidental fire," Bannerjee said when his comments were sought on the Godhra Commission report, which held that it was a pre-planned conspiracy and not an accident.

Now, what would the so called Secularists say about this ?? All through they were accusing Modi of complicity in the riots post Godhra carnage. Now, they have to publicly apologize to him.

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