Petition addressed to Her Excellency the President of India
Dear Honourable President Pratibha ji,
We the people of India join hands with Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (Gujarat cadre) in requesting your Excellency to appoint an Inquiry Commission to probe the role and conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 pogrom against the Muslim minority in Gujarat.
As concerned and patriotic citizens of India who recognise the fatally crucial importance of secularism as a constitutional and administrative principle, we are highly aggrieved by the state of affairs in Gujarat. The conduct of the Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has been violative of the principle and form of inclusive democracy that the Indian Constitution mandates. A Chief Minister has to be committed to his oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India, the ethics of non-discriminatory governance and rule of law. From all accounts, Modi was guilty of exploiting the unfortunate tragedy at the Godhra Railway Station for sectarian and political gains. Thereafter, he comprehensively failed to adhere to the principles of Raj Dharma, as contemporaneously underscored by no less than the then Prime Minister, Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee; a failure that resulted in days and nights of unmitigated carnage with the law-enforcement agencies looking the other way at best or actively conniving in the pogrom at worst. Ever since, the role of the Gujarat administration headed by Modi who also continues to be the Home Minister has been to thwart the fearless and favourless operation of investigative agencies--a saga of state collapse that obliged the highest court in the land to take one case after another out of the purview of the justice system in Gujarat, and ordering the reinvestigation and retrial of thousands of other cases.
We urge your Excellency’s kind attention to the ongoing acts of omission and discrimination in Gujarat,
That the Central Government of India may expeditiously appoint a two member Commission, under Section 3 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952, headed by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India, to inquire into:
a). the Role and conduct of the then Chief Minister and / or any other Minister(s) in his Council of Ministers, Police Officers, other individuals and organizations with respect to the adequacy of administrative measures taken to prevent and deal with disturbances in Godhra and subsequent disturbances in the State.
b). the adequacy of the steps and measures taken by the Administration, from 01 June 2002 till date; to facilitate relief, rehabilitation and the delivery of Justice to the victims of the Godhra incident of 27th February 2002 and the subsequent Communal carnage of 2002, in the State of Gujarat.
The Gujarat genocide of 2002 resulted in killing of nearly 2000 innocent citizens, mostly from India’s major minority community. As concerned citizens of India we are really perturbed at the subsequent pervasive subversion of government machinery to sabotage justice delivery to riot victims. Coming days are more challenging for India as we need to see whether the perpetrators of crime will be punished as per law of the land or will they use this opportunity to take power in their own hands in the name of people's verdict by creating hysterical situation and total polarization along religious lines. The very idea of India is under threat...and this concerns every conscious and patriotic citizen of India.