No proof against Modi: Nanavati
The judicial commission that probed the 2002 Gujarat riots said that there is insufficient evidence to support allegations levelled against the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to summon him for questioning before the panel.
Ahmedabad: The judicial commission that probed the 2002 Gujarat riots said that there is insufficient evidence to support allegations levelled against the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to summon him for questioning before the panel.
"He (Modi) was not summoned or he (Modi) was not asked to appear before us as we must have some evidence to support allegations against him (Modi)," Chairman of the Commission, retired Supreme Court Justice G T Nanavati told PTI, answering a query about the reasons for not summoning Modi. "So as to call him (Modi) before the Commission to come and to answer questions (asked) by us by meeting us in person, we did not find it proper to call him in person," Nanavati said. However, Nanavati was cautious when asked this meant that the Commission has given a clean chit to a person who was not called for questioning by the probe body.
"Not necessarily. Evidence has to be considered. On the basis of evidence, actions should be taken and the findings are required to be recorded," Nanavati said. In its closure report submitted before the local court giving a clean chit to Modi, the SC-appointed SIT had also concluded that there is not enough prosecutable evidence against him.
The Commission had sought investigations report and details of SIT's questioning of Modi in the complaint by Zakia Jafri, Gulburg case riot victim and wife of former MP Ehsan Jafri, which had alleged that Modi, his cabinet colleagues, senior police officials as well as government officers were responsible for 2002 riots.