Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to probe the events leading up to and following the transfer of power on February 7, has stressed that though the deadline set to complete the Commission's report was July 31, the report would not be ready by that date.
Speaking during the press conference held by CNI on Thursday every fortnight, Commission’s Co-Chair and retired Singaporean Judge G.P Selvam claimed that the new date to complete the investigation report is expected to be by the end of August. In addition, the Commission detailed that it would hold discussions with the government to extend the period to carry out its mandate.
Selvam explained that the delay in completing the report was down to the fact that over 200 people had registered to provide information related to the events of the regime change and hence the Commission wants to facilitate the process of obtaining accounts from as many people as possible.
The retired Judge also claimed that it was his policy to allow the opportunity for as many people as possible to provide evidence to the Commission’s investigation before the final report is issued.
In addition, the holdup in reconstituting the composition of the Commission was another reason for the delay in completing the report, CNI said.
Commission revealed that 244 people had registered to provide information to the CNI when the opportunity was opened till June 30.