Kochi: The State Government on Wednesday informed a Division Bench that the Government would place the Marad Inquiry Commission Report before the Assembly within six months.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice V.K. Bali and Justice P.R. Raman was also informed that the report could be published only after placing it before the Assembly. The Government submitted that as per Section 3(4) of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1962, the report of the commission together with the memorandum of action would be placed before the Assembly within six months.
The Government said the findings were recommendatory in nature and it was for the Government to decide on further action. It said it was taking steps to place the report before the Assembly.
The submission was made before the Bench when a writ petition filed by the People's Forum for Natural Justice, Palakkad, seeking a direction to the State Government to publish the report of the Inquiry Commission came up for hearing. In view of the Government's submission, the Bench closed the writ petition.
The petitioner said that certain contents of the report had appeared in some newspapers. The newspapers quoted the Commission suggesting that the conspiracy behind the Marad massacre should be inquired by a special investigation team.
The Commission was also reported to have suggested a detailed inquiry on the involvement of communal groups and fundamentalists in the massacre in which nine persons were killed. It took place on May 2, 2003.
The petitioner said the Government could not treat the report as a secret document. Every citizen had the right to know the contents of the report and also the action taken by the Government on the basis of the report.
The petitioner pointed out that the Commission was directed to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to the incidents on Marad Beach and whether there was involvement of any external or internal organisation in the planning and execution of the incident.
Though the Commission submitted its report on February 20, no further follow up action had been taken on the basis of the report.