While the Gujarat government celebrated the exoneration of CM Narendra Modi by the final SIT report, activists and legal experts pointed out that the SC-appointed panel had contradicted its own preliminary report of 2010.
The special investigation team’s (SIT) final report, which became public on Tuesday, gave a clean chit to Modi on his alleged role in the 2002 riots in which more than 1,200 people were killed.
Based on the panel’s findings that the state had taken “all possible” measures to prevent the massacre that followed the Godhra train carnage, the RK Raghavan report said no “offences can be made out” against Modi.
The 2010 report by SIT member AK Malhotra, who grilled Modi in March 2010 and other witnesses in the course of the probe, had, however, questioned several actions of the chief minister during the riots.
Commenting on Modi’s speeches obliquely justifying the riots, Malhotra had stated, “In spite of the fact that ghastly violent attacks had taken place on Muslims at Gulberg society and elsewhere, the reaction of Gujarat government was not the type which would have been expected by anyone (sic).”
He added, “…the chief minister had tried to water down the seriousness of the situation at Gulberg society, Naroda Patiya and other places by saying that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
However, the final report stated the SIT could not obtain the CD of the TV interview in which Modi reportedly made the “action and reaction” comment.
On Wednesday, the state government hit out at the “falsifiers”, who have been “maligning Gujarat for a decade now”.
“Never in the history of Indian governance has the probe carried out by a SIT been so exhaustive,” said state government’s spokesperson and health minister Jaynarayan Vyas.