New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday in connection with the 2002 riots has sought the stands of the Nanavati Commission and the Gujarat Government on a plea for direction to the Commission to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi for questioning.

After the Nanavati Commission and the Gujarat High Court rejecting the plea, petitioners Amrish N Patel and a NGO non-governmental organisation Jan Sangarsh Manch (JSM) have finally filed their appeals in the Supreme Court. 

A division bench comprising Justices DK Jain and AK Dave issued notices to the Commission and the state government, asking them to file their responses within four weeks.

Advocates Collin Gonsalves and Shreeji Bhavsar, appearing for the NGO submitted that Modi should be summoned by the Commission as the role of the Chief Minister falls within the ambit of the probe panel's inquiry.
The Nanavati Commission was set up to investigate into the 2002 Gujarat riots. In September 2009, the Commission had rejected JSM's plea to summon of Modi and five others for cross-examination with regard to the communal violence in which over 1,000 people were killed. 

(JPN/ Bureau)