Govt to table Marad report in 6 months

via published on June 7, 2006

The State Government told the Kerala High Court on Wednesday that the Government would table the report of the Judicial Inquiry Commission on the Marad carnage that claimed nine lives on May 2, 2003, before the State Assembly within six months.

The Government said in a statement submitted to the HC that it was taking steps in the matter. As per Section 3(4) of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1962, the report with the memorandum of action would be placed before the Assembly within six months. The report had been received by the Government on February 20, 2006 the statement added.

The Government stated that only after placing the report before the Assembly, would it get publicised. The findings and recommendations in the report are recommendatory in nature and it was up to the Government to decide the future action to be taken in this regard, the Government’s statement said.

Recording the statement, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice VK Bali and Justice PR Raman, closed the proceedings in a Public Interest Litigation seeking follow-up action and publication of the report by the Peoples Forum for Natural Justice.

The HC had last week granted the Government two weeks to inform its stand on the report of the commission headed by Manjeri district judge Thomas P Joseph.

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