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Congress refuses to comment on Godhra case Verdict

Mar 1, 2011

Congress on Wednesday refused to comment on the judgment of a Gujarat court in Godhra case, saying the party does not comment on court judgments.

"We do not comment on court judgments. So we do not have to comment on the quantum of punishment given by the court as well," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters at the AICC briefing here.

She was responding to questions on the judgment of a special court in Gujarat today handing down death sentence to eleven convicts and life imprisonment to 20 others in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident that left 59 'karsevaks' dead, triggering riots which claimed over 1200 lives in the state.

Asked to comment on BJP's statement that the court order has laid to rest the theory that everything was instigated by the Narendra Modi government, Natarajan said Congress would not like to draw a parallel between the court judgment and committee findings.

Responding to the same question, law minister M Veerappa Moily also said, "I am not going to comment on that...there are differing reports of the commissions. Nanavati Commission is yet to give a report. There are other reports like Justice Mukherjee report. I do not want to get into it."

The one-man UC Banerjee Commission appointed by the railway ministry under Lalu Prasad Yadav had said that fire was "accidental" while the Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had in the first part of the report concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach was not an accident, but was caused by throwing of petrol inside it.

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