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Maharashtra chief minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh has reiterated that his government is ready to implement the Sri Krishna Commission report on the 1992-93 communal riots and subsequent bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai.

Giving an assurance to this effect to prominent citizens and representatives of various action groups on 7 August, Deshmukh said that his government will soon file a comprehensive affidavit in the Supreme Court clarifying the issues raised in its directives given on 21 July. The apex court sought an affidavit from both the central and state governments within six weeks.

Deshmukh urged members of the delegation to help mobilize public opinion to initiate action against those indicted in the Sri Krishna Commission report including Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Senaís union minister Manohar Joshi and its former MP Madhukar Rao Sarpotdar who was directly involved in the murder of more than a dozen people.

Justice Krishna Commission submitted its report to the state government almost two years back. The Sena-BJP combine that was in power at the time did every thing in its power to stall the submission of the report in the first place. Later on the combine refused to take action against the perpetrators of crimes who were indicted in the commissionís report. Hundreds of people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots following the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.

The Democratic Front that holds the power in the state at present had promised that it will implement the recommendations of the Commission should it come to power. But unfortunately it too failed to take any action against the culprits so far. Its action to prosecute Bal Thackeray on charges of his inflammatory writings in Samana during those days also ended in total humiliation of the government due to Sena goondaism and central government tactics to save the chief of the Shiv Sena, one of the constituents of the ruling alliance at the Centre. 

Alluding to the recent controversial verdict by the city metropolitan court dismissing the case against Bal Thackeray, the delegation said the court order has made people believe that the state government was on a weaker wicket vis-a-vis the implementation of Sri Krishna Commission report. The delegates which included former bureaucrat JP Dísouza, Alique Padamsee, Teesta Setalvad, Arjun Dangle, Anand Patvardhan and representatives of several organizations, urged the state government to act upon the three major recommendations of the Sri Krishna Commission report, viz. providing immediate compensation to the families of missing persons, legal action against 31 indicted police personnel and reopening of 1385 closed cases. They also requested the state government to affirm to the apex court, through its affidavit, its categorical acceptance of the Commissionís report in its entirety and submit a time bound action plan for the implementation of the report.

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