//Probe panel warns central government over Narayanan letters

Probe panel warns central government over Narayanan letters

Ahmedabad | April 07, 2006 1:15:19 AM IST

The Nanavati-Shah investigation commission Wednesday warned that it would draw its own "inference" over the central government’s stand not to release former president K.R. Narayanan’s letters to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee regarding communal violence in Gujarat.

The commission of Justice (retd) G.T. Nanavati and Justice (retd) K.G. Shah had several times requested the president’s office as well as the union government to produce a copy of letters the late president had written to the then prime minister, but the government has refused to release them, saying it would be a breach of the privilege of the office.

In a media interview last year, Narayanan had said that he had written to Vajpayee drawing his attention to the need of deploying army to quell the violence early and save lives.

At least 1,000 people were killed in the sectarian strife in the state.

While the government has argued that revealing the correspondence would prejudice and affect public interest, the commission held the view that doing so would be in the public interest.

"It will be open to draw its own inference," the commission said in a letter to the government Wednesday and commented that it would be useless "to direct the Centre in this regard as it would result in further delay."