The term of the Nanavati Commission, which has been probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, has been extended by the Gujarat Government by nine more months till December 31, 2012. This was the 18th time its term has been raised.
The 2 member-panel comprises of retired Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta.
In February 2012, Gujarat High Court rejected a petition by Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM- representing some riot victims) seeking directions to the judicial panel to summon chief minister Narendra Modi for questioning in connection with the 2002 riots. The JSM, had approached the high court last year for directing the commission to summon Modi for questioning after the two-member riot panel rejected its similar plea.