Kolkata: Justice U C Banerjee maintained his stand on Godhra train carnage describing it as "accidental" on Wednesday and does not intend deviating from his inquiry commission report "200 per cent".

A day after a special court in Ahmedabad accepted the conspiracy theory in the burning of a coach of the Sabarmati Express that killed 59 kar sewaks, Justice Banerjee, a retired Supreme Court judge, said he was surprised that the special court has acquitted the main accused Maulvi Umarji.

"I stand by my report 200 per cent that it was an accidental fire in a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra station on February 27, 2002, and I will not deviate from that," Justice Banerjee said.

Initially denying to comment on Tuesday's verdict, he said, "I am yet to get a copy of the judgement (delivered by the special court which on Tuesday confirmed conspiracy theory behind the coach burning) and it has not been sent to me".

Justice Banerjee, was appointed as head of the commission by UPA-1 government in 2005 when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister.

He claimed that he had prepared his inquiry report after extensively going into all aspects and examining 80 witnesses before finalising his conclusion.

On being asked about the judgement of Ahemdabad’s special court, he said "It is really surprising to me as the main accused was acquitted. But I would tell you that I have yet to get a copy of the judgement".

In reply to a query, he said his report was never guided by any political considerations and was strictly based on evidences.

The Banerjee Commission had dismissed the conspiracy theory behind the train carnage and described it as accidental.

 

(With Agency inputs)