Post-Godhra: NAC wanted terms of reference to be tweaked for setting probe panel, says ex-bureaucrat

New Delhi, Mar. 2 (ANI): Admitting that there was an atmosphere of growing mistrust between the Centre and the Gujarat Government in the wake of post-Godhra riots, a former bureaucrat who was attached with the union home ministry claimed on Wednesday that repeated references came from many groups, including the National Advisory Council (NAC), to tweak the terms of reference in such a way that an inquiry commission could be appointed somehow by interpreting the law in that manner.

In an exclusive to ANI, former joint secretary with the Union Home Ministry Arun Kumar Jain, who was the joint secretary in-charge of the communal situation with the Home Ministry in 2004, said, “If you would recall, any reference from the NAC is always given top priority. What happened that repeated references were coming from many groups, including NAC, and also there were suggestions and proposals to tweak the terms of reference in such a way that an inquiry commission could be appointed somehow by interpreting the law in that manner. But, then I felt since the pith and substance of the proposal was the same, under law it could not be done. That is what I, in fact, reiterated.”

Elaborating upon his statement, he said, “The Commission of Inquiry was proposed to be appointed by the Central Government at that time. There were many references into the post-Godhra riots even though the state government’s commission had already been functioning for a number of years.”

“I examined the matter, and I felt that under the law this was not permitted, but clearly there were too much of references and too much of questions being asked that why should the Central Government not appoint another Commission of Inquiry,” he added. (ANI)

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