17 June, 2021

'In '02, I Asked The Centre To Use Art 355 On Gujarat'

Former CJI, and chairman of the NHRC at the critical time when the Gujarat riots took place, on Nanavati Commission and more

Jitender Gupta
'In '02, I Asked The Centre To Use Art 355 On Gujarat'
outlookindia.com
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J.S. Verma, former chief justice of India, is considered both an excellent legal mind and a man of great integrity in an age when standards of judicial probity have fallen so sharply. He has been part of several significant judgements of the Supreme Court, besides having been chairman of the National Human Rights Commission at the critical time when the Gujarat riots took place. He spoke to Saba Naqvi. Excerpts:

Judges seem to be complicit in trying matters through commissions of inquiry or being used for political purposes?

Well, I am upset at the inordinate delay in commissions of inquiry. The Liberhans Commission has been at it, examining the Babri Masjid demolition, for 16 years. Even the Nanavati Commission that is in the news now has taken six-and-a-half years to come up with its findings. I don't want to say anything about it giving a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government. But I want to say something about the claim made by the commission that the Gujarat government complied with all the requests made by the NHRC of which I was then the...

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