Modi, Godhra and the Fiction of Fact-finding

The official version goes like this: Mahendra Nalvaya, Godhra’s revenue officer, requested the VHP to take possession of the bodies. But why was such an unprecedented decision taken in the first place? Equally important – was this decision legally tenable? Mitta replies with a categorical No. It was “legally untenable, irrespective of the context in which it had come into existence.” The law doesn’t allow any person other than the legal heir or guardian of the deceased to take custody of bodies. “If there was any exceptional reason to depart from the norm, the letter should have disclosed it.” – Read here


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