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NHRC to examine Best Bakery verdict

July 03, 2003 18:58 IST

A day after describing the acquittal of all the 21 accused in the Best Bakery case in Gujarat as a 'miscarriage of justice', the National Human Rights Commission on Thursday decided to send a three-member team to Vadodara to 'inspect the records of the case and examine the judgment'.

"We have given orders and the NHRC will send a team headed by Registrar General Ajit Bharihoke," NHRC Chairman Justice A S Anand said in New Delhi.

The team has been asked to submit a report within a week, he said.

The other members of the team are Deputy Inspector General (Investigation) Sudhir Chowdhary and Special Rapporteur in the NHRC, P G J Nampoothiri.

"As far as the NHRC is concerned, we will give all assistance to whoever wants it," he said in reply to a question on his suggestion that the state government should appeal against the verdict.

"It is an opportunity to the Gujarat government to re-establish its credibility," he added.

Twelve people were charred to death on March 1, 2002, in Best Bakery in Vadodara during a bandh called by the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to protest against the attack on the Sabarmati Express in Godhra.

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