The Justice Naidu Commission probing the 2008 Kandhamal riots is likely to submit its interim report to the Odisha government in mid-2014.
The Justice AS Naidu commission, which commenced its four-day inquiry here on Monday, exuded confidence that it would be able to finalise the interim report sometime between June/July 2014.
Justice Naidu, however, said though the commission was getting cooperation from all quarters, the deponents were not willing to attend hearing of the commission despite issuance of repeated notices.
The judicial commission of inquiry into the 2008 riots where at least 38 people were killed and several houses gutted in the wake of killing of senior VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, was set up in January 2009 under the chairmanship of Justice SC Mohapatra. The VHP leader, along with four other associates, was gunned down, at his Jalaspeta ashram under Tumudibandh police station on the night of ‘Janmastami’ on August 23, 2008. The tenure of the commission would end in March 2014.
After the death of Justice Mohapatra last year, Justice Naidu was appointed as the chairman of the commission.
Till now, the commission has received 793 affidavits of which 194 comprising 72 official and 122 non-officials affidavits have been examined. Seventy nine more people would be examined but 58 of them were continuously remaining absent at the time of hearing, Justice Naidu pointed out.
Two persons identified as Prahallad Pradhan and Krushna Paraseth of Tumudibandh were to be examined today but only Pradhan attended the hearing while Paraseth did not turn up. Eight persons were given notices to depose before the commission in four days from today. (PTI)