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Godhra: Justice Nanavati sticks to his report

September 26, 2008 20:02 IST

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Justice (retd) G T Nanavati, who gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Godhra train carnage, on Friday refused to be drawn into a controversy over comparisons of his report with that of the Banerjee Commission set up by the Railway Ministry.

"I do not want to say anything regarding the merits of the issue," he said when asked about Justice U C Banerjee's report which termed the Godhra train fire an accident.

"We have given the report. Everything is in the report. One has to read the report and find out for himself," Nanavati said.

Nanavati submitted the report on the fire in Sabarmati Express at Godhra on February 27, 2002 in which 58 karsevaks were charred to death.

He said the train was set afire as a part of a "pre-planned conspiracy". Nanavati said the report submitted by him to the Gujarat Government was final as far as the Godhra train incident was concerned.

"Naturally," he said when asked whether he was satisfied with the report. Nanavati said his findings on the train fire were based on evidence given by the witnesses before the Commission.

"They (witnesses) were examined and cross examined and on the basis of that conclusions have been drawn," he said.

Nanavati sought to brush aside allegations of the report being politically motivated.

"We have given our report. Our job is over. Now it is for the people to consider what they think fit about it," said Nanavati, who also probed the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Banerjee Commission had found the fire in Sabarmati Express as "purely an accident". 



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