The suspense on the stand of the Nanavati-Mehta judicial inquiry commission, probing the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, on summoning Chief Minister Narendra Modi for questioning will continue till June 30.
The state government pleader Friday submitted a sealed cover to Gujarat High Court’s special bench of Chief Justice S.J.Mukhopadhyaya and Justice Akil Kureshi containing the commission’s stand on the Jan Sangharsh Manch’s demand for summoning Modi. The envelope shall be opened in court June 30.
Mukul Sinha, representing the Jan Sangharsh Manch, questioned the need for such lengthy process and argued the commission’s decision could have been announced. However, he was advised restraint for five more days.
The Manch had filed the petition in the high court seeking direction to the commission to summon Modi after the commission held up a decision on the issue for over three years. The Manch had also demanded summoning six others, including some top bureaucrats and police officials, for cross questioning.