KR Narayanans letter: Godhra panel sore over UPAs stand

Ahmedabad, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Expressing displeasure at the unreasonable stand of the UPA government, the Godhra inquiry commission on Wednesday rejected the objections raised by it on submission of the letters written by former President KR Narayanan on army deployment in Gujarat during the communal riots in 2002.

The commission, comprising retired judges Justice GT Nanavati and Justice KG Shah, observed that we see no justifiable reason for non-production of those letters or their relevant portions as the Centre has failed to point out how its production will adversely affect the security of the state or smooth administrative functioning of the government.

Taking note of this unreasonable stand and reluctance of the government... It will now be open to the commission to draw its own inferences with respect to (Presidents) letters (written to the then PM AB Vajpayee), the panel added.

PTI