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Patna HC asks Amir Das panel to submit report

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 23:01 IST

The Patna High Court on Thursday directed a commission probing the alleged political links of banned private militia Ranvir Sena, to submit its report within 15 days.

Unhappy over the delay in submission of the report, the court ordered judge Amir Das, who heads the commission set up in 1997 after the Laxmanpur-Bathe massacre, to submit the report to the registrar general of the court within a fortnight.

The court order came during a hearing of a public suit that demanded making public the findings of the commission.

After winning the assembly elections in November 2005, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had wound up the commission early this year - a move that raised many eyebrows.

Over the years, the commission had summoned 40 politicians including many from the now ruling combine of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi were also among the 450 witnesses that deposed before the commission.

Before the commission was wound up, the last person to depose before it was jailed Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh, who was arrested two years ago and is believed to have masterminded the killings of at least 300 Dalits and backward castes since the group was formed in 1994.