Ahmedabad: Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday raised question on Nanawati-Mehta Commission probing the 2002 Gujarat communal riots and reportedly said the Commission had been set-up for destroying evidences.

While addressing reporters at Gujarat Pradesh Congress office at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Kapil Sibal said, “The 2002 Gujarat riot victims are still waiting for justice.” Whereas the investigating officer have yet to take a decision on whether to lodge an First Information Report (FIR) against Chief Minister Narendra Modi or not.”

“Given the sensitivity of the matter, why daily trials cannot be held?,” he asked.  “In 2002, I was the lawyer of riot victims and during this period Supreme Court passed an important direction but unfortunately I could not continue my law practice after becoming Minister,” he added.

He also targeted former minister of state for Home Amit Shah for the Tulsiram Prajapat encounter case.

Sibal’s remark on Anna Hazare took everyone by surprise. Sibal said, “To bring about educational reform there is no need for an ordinary social activist.”

On the recent remarks of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on IIT and IIM, Sibal said, “America spends USD 250 billion on research task while India spends only 8 billion dollars. Therefore, it is not fair to blame institutions and faculty.”

In China, more money is spent on research projects than India, Sibal said, adding that despite spending less on research work the quality of research is far better in India than other countries.

He slammed the Gujarat government for not showing adequate interest in opening new schools in the state. 

 

(JPN/Bureau)