SAMBALPUR: Senior BJP leader Suresh Pujari on Wednesday demanded that the State Government should make the Justice AS Naidu Commission’s report on Kandhamal violence public. The panel had submitted the report to the Home Department on Tuesday.
Addressing mediapersons here, Pujari said the State Government should take necessary action based on the recommendations made by the Commission. He said a special session of the Assembly should be convened to discuss the report. “If required, the State Government should form an all-party committee to study the report and implement its recommendations,” Pujari added.
Stating that the State Government has been sitting over the Justice SK Mohanty Commission’s report on regional disparity and Justice Naidu report on confrontation between judges and lawyers in Rourkela, he alleged that the Government has set a precedent not to table the reports of various inquiry commissions. “This should not happen in the case of Justice Naidu Commission’s report on the Kandhamal communal violence,” he said.
Pujari said four witnesses - Secretaries of Home, Revenue, Law and ST/SC Development departments - failed to depose before the Commission despite notices issued to them. Had they deposed, things would have been much clearer, he said. Maintaining that Kandhamal violence was an international issue and had defamed Odisha, he said the State Government should ensure that there is no recurrence of such incidents.