Commission hints at summoning Modi for cross-examination

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 13:38 hrs

Ahmedabad: The G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta judicial inquiry commission, probing the 2002 Godhra riots, today hinted that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could also be summoned for cross-examination.

Talking to advocates, present during the testimony of two Gujarat cadre senior officials before the commission today, Justice Nanavati hinted at a possibility of summoning Modi.

The two senior officials, who today testified before the commission for the first time, included former (in 2002) Additional Principal Secretary in Chief Minister Office Anil Mukim and former secretary in Gujarat Home Ministry K Nityanandam.

The commission has also summoned former Gujarat Health Minister I K Jadeja to testify before it on September 5.

Saying that he was eager to wind up proceedings of the commission at the earliest, justice Nanavati told a lawyer, "Now, Mr Narendra Modi remains to be summoned after the then Health Minister I K Jadeja."

Earlier, lawyer-activist Mukul Sinha of Jan Sangharsh Manch, an NGO representing riot victims, had demanded summoning of Modi and several other senior police and administrative officials for cross-examination, including former Minister of state for Home Gordhan Zadafiya.

While Zadafiya was summoned for an 'in camera' representation only before the commission members, the commission had deferred the decision on summoning Gujarat CM.

A petition seeking a direction to the commission to summon Modi is pending before the Gujarat High Court.

Earlier, Modi was questioned by special investigation team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court on March 28, 2010.

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