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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Publishing Inquiry Reports 1

Publishing Inquiry Reports 1

(p.207) 27 Publishing Inquiry Reports1

A.G. Noorani

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The chapter examines the attempt by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Murli Manohar Joshi to get the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952 amended so that a commission's report can be published without on Action Taken Report (ATR). This was done to obviate the very necessity for an ATR on Justice Srikrishna's report on the Mumbai riots of 1992-93. Section 3(4) of the Act enables the government to publish a commission's report. The Act was amended in 1971 and a sub-section (4) was added to Section 3, which compels publication of the report and fixes on outer limit of six months for the ATR. It is a shame that a provision that was devised to respect the people's right to know is being perverted.

Keywords:   Murli Manohar Joshi, Maharashtra, Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952, Action Taken Report (ATR), Justice Srikrishna, Mumbai riots

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