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Nanavati anti-Sikh riots report submitted

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
February 09, 2005 22:58 IST
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Justice G T Nanavati, the chairman of the one-man inquiry commission appointed to investigate the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases, presented two volumes of his report to the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday evening.

But he refused to answer questions from the media present in the North block.

"I am not saying anything on the report. You are welcome to have tea and chat with me but not a word about the report," he told media persons who followed him to his residence at No. 3 Tuglak Lane.

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Later, relaxing on a swing placed in the varandha of the house, Nanavati smiled as he took questions from the media persons. "The report is a short one, is 185 pages long, and one volume consists of annextures," he said in response to a question.

Asked if he was satisfied with the report, he said there was no reason for him to be unhappy with it.

As to why he avoided the media, Nanavati said, "In last three days, the reporters have been calling me at odd hours and this virtually amounts to harassment."

On whether he had named any Congress leader in the reports as was attributed to him in some reports, Nanavati said, "Some people who came and attended the sittings of the commission have been giving their own views. Some reporters have misquoted me," he said with a smile, as he obliged the camerapersons from television networks to take shots of him enjoying the ride.

Nanavati left it to the home ministry to decide when to make the report public.

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