People spreading lies should apologise: Modi

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Ahmedabad, Sep 26: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government has been vindicated by the Nanavathi Commission. Modi on Thursday, Sep 25, sought an 'apology' from those who 'have spreading lies' on the issue. "If the people, who have been spreading lies, believe in the Constitution and the Supreme Court, they should apologise to the people of Gujarat", Modi said while reacting to the Nanavati Commission report on Gohdra train carnage describing it as a 'pre-planned conspiracy'.

Modi charged that the opposition lacks courage to discuss the judicial panel's report, which concluded that the Godhra train carnage of 2002 was a conspiracy.

"If the opposition had the courage, they should have demanded a discussion on the report. If they had found something lacking then they should demand a scrutiny. They could take on the government on this, but when the fact is so loud that they are now looking for other avenues," said Modi. The first part of the Nanavati Commission report, tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, says that the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, was a pre-planned conspiracy and not an accident.

The Godhra report, tabled in the House as it met for a three-day session, gave a clean chit to Modi.

Justice (Retd) G T Nanavati and Justice (Retd) Akshay Mehta of the Commission submitted the first part of their report covering their findings on the burning of S6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra Railway Station on February 2002 to the state government last week.

The Commission was set up in 2002 and it submitted the first part of its report after six years.

By December, the Commission is likely to submit the second part of its report about their findings on the post-Godhra riots and the role of government in it.

Meanwhile, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had opposed the tabling of the report in the state assembly by filing a petition in the Gujarat High Court, which was rejected by the court.


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