Updated: October 6, 2020 2:06:26 pm
The Government of Maharashtra has granted extension to the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry until December 31, 2020. In an order signed by a deputy secretary of the house division, it was acknowledged this was the “seventh and last extension” being granted to the fee, which is probing into the causes of the Koregaon Bhima violence of January 1, 2018, through which one individual had died and a number of other others had been left injured.
The fee has been requested to submit its report back to the federal government inside this extension interval. Meanwhile, the fee is on the lookout for an even bigger venue for conducting hearings, within the view of COVID 19 outbreak.
V V Palnitkar, secretary of Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry stated, “Hearings of the fee had been postponed because of the COVID 19 outbreak… The pandemic continues to be there. The locations the place the fee has been conducting its hearings in Mumbai and Pune are small and congested. Not solely our staffers, but in addition a few of the attorneys and witnesses showing earlier than the fee are senior by age and are affected by numerous illnesses. So we had submitted a letter to the federal government on July 7, 2020 for in search of an even bigger place for conducting hearings, the place it’s attainable to take care of social distancing and take crucial precautions, within the view of COVID 19. We had additionally steered auditorium of Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai for this goal. A proper choice concerning the venue for conducting hearings is pending. So now we have not but scheduled the following date of hearings.
“We can be writing to the federal government now that contemplating the present COVID 19 scenario, both the dates must be postponed or correct preparations like a spacious place for conducting the hearings, protected journey and residence services for staffers be made,” Palnitkar stated.
The two-member fee headed by retired excessive court docket justice J N Patel was constituted by the state authorities on February 9, 2018, to inquire into the “actual sequence” of occasions that led to violence on the 200th anniversary of Battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1 that 12 months.
The Commission was initially given 4 months to submit its report, however its tenure needed to be repeatedly prolonged. So far, it has acquired three extensions of 4 months every, one extension of three months, one among six months and the final extension of two months was from February 8, 2020 to April 8, 2020.
Hearings of senior authorities officers and in addition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar had been scheduled earlier than the fee between March 30 and April 4, 2020.
But because of the COVID 19 outbreak, on March 23, the fee issued a letter suspending the hearings until additional discover. Meanwhile, the interval of extension granted to the fee by the federal government expired on April 8. Commission had then sought additional extension of no less than six months saying that it meant to look at almost 40 to 50 extra witnesses together with police and income officers and in addition some distinguished political leaders.
“So far 29 witnesses have deposed earlier than the fee, of whom examination of 25 has concluded,” stated advocate Ashish Satpute, lawyer for the fee.
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