1st Feb, 2012, Gujarat: On Wednesday, Gujarat High Court turned down a petition looking for directions to the Nanavati Commission to summon Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat for interrogating in link with the 2002 riots.
A division bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Akil Kureshi while turning down the application of Jan Sangarsh Manch, an NGO noticed that the commission has more prominent discretional powers to call witnesses.
The court further stated that it did not notice any substance in the Jan Sangarsh Manch application searching for summoning the Gujarat chief minister.
Representing some riot victims, the Jan Sangarsh Manch had approached the Gujarat High Court for asking the commission to summon Narendra Modi for interrogating after the Commission of Justice Akshay Mehta and Justice G. T. Nanavati examining the 2002 riot cases had turned down Jan Sangarsh Manch plea for the same.
Mukul Sinha, the lawyer of Jan Sangarsh Manch had presented in the court that Narendra Modi must be called by the Commission as the part of the chief minister comes within the range of the probe panel’s enquiry. JSM lawyer stated that there are many questions relating to the riots that can only be answered by the chief minister. In response to the verdict, Sinha told they will go to the Supreme Court.