Bhima Koregaon commission gets its 14th extension | spcilvly

The state government has extended the tenure of the Bhima Koregaon inquiry commission till February 28, 2024, after its current tenure ended on September 30. It is the fourteenth such extension granted since the commission was formed in February 2018.

The commission has announced the schedule of hearings between October 16 and 28 where cross-examination of the remaining witnesses will be completed.  (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The commission has announced the schedule of hearings between October 16 and 28 where cross-examination of the remaining witnesses will be completed. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The commission has almost finished its hearings in the case and only the final testimonies of a few witnesses remain to be completed, officials said.

State government branch officer Rajaram Shirke in his latest order on October 9 directed the commission to complete its work and submit the final report to the government by February 28 next year.

According to the commission, five more witness statements will be recorded, including the then Pune Rural Police Superintendent Mohammad Suvez Haque, Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla and Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh.

The order further mentioned: “The commission had requested the government to extend the deadline by another six months citing a recording of testimonial statements of some persons which was incomplete. The government was considering the extension proposal as it received a written communication in this regard. The state government has extended the deadline until February 28, 2024.

Commission secretary VV Palnitkar confirmed when contacted that the commission has been granted another deadline extension.

“We have summoned five witnesses and, if something arises during the course of the hearing, some more witnesses, which will not be more than one or two,” he said.

Meanwhile, the commission has announced the schedule of hearings between October 16 and 28 where cross-examination of the remaining witnesses will be completed.

The two-member commission was instituted by the government on February 9, 2018, under the leadership of then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, to investigate the nature and sequence of events that led to the clashes between right-wing members and Dalits on January 1, 2018. on the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima. The commission was initially given four months to complete its work and was later granted extensions.

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