Nanavati-Mehta Com gets 6-months extension

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Ahmedabad, Jul 1 (UNI) The two-member Nanavati-Mehta Commission, probing the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, has been given an extension of another six months by the state government.

The Commission was set up in June 2003 to inquire into burning of S-6 bogey of Sabarmati Express at Godhra in which 58 karsevaks were killed. Subsequently, communal riots broke out all over Gujarat, which continued unabated for over three months.

Earlier, the panel had Rtd Justice K G Shah as its member.

However, following the death of Justice Shah some months ago, the state government appointed Retd Justice Akshay Mehta as its new member. It is headed by Retd Justice G T Nanavati, who is its Chairman.

The Commission has so far recorded statements of more than 45,000 people and its term has been extended more than 10 times.


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