Thursday, July 7, 2011

Probe Panel Seeks Report on Riots Intel Records

Thu Jul 07 2011, 03:13 hrsAhmedabad
Commission gives Intelligence ADGP 10 days to submit report

The Nanavati-Mehta Commission on Wednesday ordered the Gujarat ADGP (Intelligence) to submit a report within 10 days about the status of state intelligence records and other documents relating to the Godhra train burning and the subsequent statewide riots of 2002.

The Commission issued the order on an application moved by Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) in the wake of the government counsel at the Commission, S B Vakil, stating that the records relating to that period have been destroyed.

The Commission said it would pass further directions on this after the ADGP (Intelligence) submits its report.

JSM counsel Mukul Sinha said the application was heard by the Commission in the presence of government advocate Devang Vyas.

The JSM has also sought a direction to the government to know which records of the state intelligence department were destroyed for the period between February 27, 2002 and May 31, 2002, and under whose directions and why.

Among other documents, the JSM application has demanded to know if the records of DGP office, DGP’s control room, and the control rooms of the police commissioners of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat from February 27, 2002 to May 31, 2002 are preserved.

It has sought the Commission to direct the government to either produce or allow inspection of vehicle movement and telephone call registers of certain police officers of that period, including of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt.

JSM moved the application citing a “contradictory stand” taken by the government and its counsel over the existence of crucial 2002 intelligence records after Vakil’s announcement. Subsequently, reports had appeared in a section of media that the government wanted to deny this.


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