Former SC judge Nanavati, who probed Godhra, anti-Sikh riots, dies of cardiac failure

  • Former Supreme Court judge Justice Girish Thakorlal Nanavati, who headed commissions that inquired into the 1984 anti-Sikh and 2002 post-Godhra riots, died in Ahmedabad on Saturday, December 18. Nanavati, 86, died of cardiac failure at 1.15 pm at his residence in Ahmedabad, family members said.

  • Nanavati, born on February 17, 1935, was enrolled as an advocate in the Bombay High Court on February 11, 1958. He was appointed as permanent Judge of the Gujarat High Court from July 19, 1979, and transferred to the Orissa High Court on December 14, 1993. Nanavati was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court with effect from January 31, 1994. He was transferred as Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court from September 28, 1994. Nanavati was appointed as judge of the Supreme Court with effect from March 6, 1995, and retired on February 16, 2000.

  • After the burning of two coaches of Sabarmati Express at Godhra in which 59 'karsevaks' died and the subsequent riots in February 2002, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi set up a one-member commission of Justice Nanavati for conducting an inquiry. It was to probe both the train burning incident and the subsequent communal violence in which over 1,000 people, mostly from the minority community, died.


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