'Don't table report in House'
Justice MR Shah of the High Court has asked the Centre and all parties concerned not to table the report.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 16:32 IST
The Gujarat High Court has on Monday directed the UPA government not to table in Parliament the findings of the Justice UC Banerjee Committee on Sabarmati Express train carnage.
Justice MR Shah of the High Court has asked the Centre and all parties concerned not to table the report till the court concludes hearing on a petition filed by a relative of a survivor from the train carnage.
A total of 59 persons were killed on February 27, 2002 in the Sabarmati Express train carnage in Godhra.
The petition, filed on September 2005 by Nilkanth Bhatia, questioned the formation of the Justice UC Banerjee Committee, since another high-powered Commission (Nanavati-Shah Commission) formed by the Gujarat Government was already in place and was investigating the matter.
On basis of this plea, the Gujarat Government had earlier managed to temporarily prevent the three top Gujarat police officials from deposing before the Banerjee committee in November-December last year after being summoned in connection with the case.
In the final report, Justice Banerjee had stated that the fire in the S-6 coach of the train was "accidental," which was not in accordance with the "conspiracy" theory floated by the state government.
The Banerjee Committee was formed by the Railway Ministry to look into certain technical aspects of the train carnage including the cause of the fire in S-6 coach of the train.