Petition seeks publishing of Marad report

via published on May 4, 2006

A public interest litigation, seeking a direction to the Kerala Government to publish the report of the Marad Judicial Enquiry Commission, which probed the May 2003 riots that claimed nine lives at Marad in Kozhikode, was filed in the Kerala High Court on Thursday.

The petitioner, People’s Forum for Natural Justice, stated that the non-publication of the report, which was submitted to the Government on February 20 this year, and the Government ‘inaction’ in taking follow-up action, was ‘illegal, irregular and arbitrary.’

It was submitted that the Government was treating the report as a ‘secret document’, had not examined the same till date and taken no follow up action so far.

While appointing the commission, various aspects were directed to be enquired, including the facts and circumstances which led to the incident, involvement of any external or internal organisation in the planning and execution of the incident and any lapse on the part of police or administrative machinery.

The commission also had to suggest suitable measurers to avoid such unfortunate incidents in future.

The commission’s findings on these issues was also ‘vital’ and should be brought to the notice of the public and the Government was bound to take follow up action on the basis of the report to prevent any such incident in future, it was submitted.

The petitioner also sought a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to register a case and investigate the offenses committed

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