Nanavati-Mehta Commission gives PM Modi Clear Chit in Gujarat Riots 2002

Nanavati-Mehta Commission gives PM Modi Clear Chit in Gujarat Riots 2002

The Nanavati-Mehta Commission on Wednesday gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2002 Gujarat riots.

The Nanavati Commission report on the 2002 Gujarat riots was tabled in the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja tabled the report in the House, five years after it was submitted to the then state government.

"There is no evidence to show that these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abated by any minister of the state," the commission said in its report, which runs into over 1,500 pages and is compiled in nine volumes.

It said the police at some places were ineffective in controlling the mob because of their inadequate numbers or because they were not properly armed.

On some communal riot incidents in Ahmedabad city, the commission said, "The police had not shown their competence and eagerness which was necessary."

The commission has recommended inquiry or action against the erring police officers.

Retired Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta had in 2014 submitted their final report on the 2002 riots - in which over 1,000 people, mainly of the minority community, were killed - to the then state chief minister Anandiben Patel.

The commission was appointed in 2002 by the then state chief minister Narendra Modi to probe the riots, that took place after the burning of two coaches of the Sabarmati Express train near Godhra railway station, in which 59 'karsevaks' were killed.