Nanavati panel gives Modi clean chit in post-Godhra riots

Five years after it gave a clean chit to the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots, the report of the commission headed by Justice (retd) G T Nanavati, which probed the communal violence, was tabled in the state assembly. The report also gives a clean chit to ministers and officials of the then Gujarat government for the riots, which claimed the lives of 1,025 people across the state.

Five years ago, the two-member commission of Justice Nanavati and Justice (retd) Akshay Mehta had submitted the second part of its report, which dealt with the post-Godhra riots. The first part, submitted in 2008, dealt with the Sabarmati Express train carnage in Godhra in which 59 kar sevaks were killed on February 27, 2002. While the first part said the Sabarmati Express train carnage had been orchestrated by a conspiracy, the voluminous second part concluded that the subsequent riots in Gujarat were not a conspiracy but an “aftermath” of the Godhra killings.

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