Congress attacks Modi over Nanavati findings

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) Continuing its attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the Nanavati Commission findings on the 2002 Sabarmati train carnage at Godhra, the Congress today said Mr Modi could not get rid of the charge of genocide.

''The International Court of Justice could have hanged him. But there is too much of democracy here,'' AICC Media Department Chairman Veerappa Moily told mediapersons.

He said the Nanavati Commission could have waited for the findings of the Raghavan Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to go into the issue. ''As many as 12 cases relating to Godhra are pending before the Supreme Court at different stages.'' Mr Moily said the Gujarat Government, which had appointed the Nanavati Commission, was not competent to do so as the inquiry into the incidents on trains had to be probed by the Union Railway ministry.

Since the BJP-led NDA government did not order an inquiry into the Godhra carnage, the next UPA government had appointed the Banerjee Commission in 2004 to inquire into it.

While the Banerjee Committee had said that it was an accidental fire, the Nanavati Commission had found that it was a conspiracy to bail out Mr Modi, who had appointed it.

''The Nanavati Commission findings were on the expected lines,'' he said.

Asked about the reports that the authorities of the Jamia Milia Islamia University today met HRD Minister Arjun Singh in connection with the alleged link of two students with the Indian Mujahideen, which masterminded the September 13 serial blasts in Delhi, Mr Moily said there was nothing wrong in meeting a delegation. ''There is no bar on anyone to represent to the government,'' he said.


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