Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nityanandam, Mukim Testify Before Godhra Panel

Gujarat EDN



Ahmedabad: Two senior officials - former municipal commissioner Anil Mukim and former home secretary K Nityanandam testified before the Nanavati-Mehta commission on Monday, but they did not mention the presence of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt during the late night meeting called at chief minister Narendra Modi's residence on February 27, 2002.
Both of them denied that Modi had given any specific instructions to the police towards handling the riots. They listed the officials present during the meeting - then acting chief secretary S K Verma, additional chief secretary (home) Ashok Narayan, then principal secretary to the chief minister P K Mishra, then DGP K Chakravarthi, and former city police commissioner P C Pande.
Mukim told the commission that he was briefly present at the meeting at the beginning but had left afterwards. "I was present just for 5 to 7 minutes in the meeting. At that time, the officers had started briefing the CM about the law and order situation, generally on the prevailing situation," Mukim told the commission.
On being asked whether he recognized Sanjiv Bhatt or had discussions on law and order with him, Mukim told the commission that he could recognize Bhatt by face, but never held discussions with him over law and order. When Nityanandam was asked about it, he said, "The meeting was convened for holding discussions on the law and order situation and no other information came in. The meeting lasted for 20 to 30 minutes. Some officials of the 'CMO' kept coming and going from the meeting and none others were present."


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