Manas Dasgupta

AHMEDABAD: The G.T. Nanavati and Akshay Mehta judicial inquiry commission, probing the Godhra train carnage and post-Godhra communal riots, has reserved ruling on summoning Chief Minister Narendra Modi for cross-examination.

Justice Nanavati said the commission would issue its written order within a fortnight or so.

The hearing on the April 2007 application submitted by the Jansangharsh Manch, representing the riot victims, concluded on Wednesday after its advocate, Mukul Sinha, argued that cross-examination of Mr. Modi and a few others who had “information and knowledge” of the events, was absolutely necessary for the commission to arrive at a conclusion. Responding to Advocate-General Kamal Trivedi’s arguments opposing the application, Dr. Sinha quoted High Court and Supreme Court rulings to point out that merely summoning anyone for cross-examination did not amount to levelling any allegation against the person.

At no stage did the Manch application, for summoning Mr. Modi; the then Minister of State for Home, Gordhan Jhadafiya; and five senior administrative and police officers, make any insinuation against any of them.