12 May, 2021

Still Under Wraps

Wary of the Srikrishna report's damning evidence, the Sena-BJP regime suppresses it on poll-eve

Still Under Wraps
outlookindia.com
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IT'S currently the state government's most closely guarded secret. The 700-page two-volume Srikrishna Commission report— submitted on February 16 after a five-year probe into the Bombay riots of 1992-93—is being kept under wraps. For the Shiv Sena, which led the attacks on minorities, the report is not a happy election exhibit at a time when it is downplaying the strident saffron look.

Strict instructions—and reportedly a threat that any leak would mean removal from the post of chief secretary—have been issued to ensure that the report remains where it is: in a sealed cover in the office of the chief secretary. Within 24 hours of submitting the report—12.30 pm on February 16—Justice B.N. Srikrishna, the man who wrote it, left town on a week's vacation to an unknown destination.

 Which has not left much option for political opponents, lawyers, activists and others determined to make the report public before February 28 when polls are held for the six Mumbai constituencies. "The Commission's findings are...

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