Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gulberg Massacre - Gujarat Cop's Affidavit Sheds Fresh Light on Case

HT 09AUG2011

HT Correspondent mumbailetters@hindustantimes.com

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt has indicated that N Ram, editorin-chief of the daily The Hindu, had offered to brief an unidentified person on matters related to the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre, on a request from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue S Gurumurthy.

A supplementary affidavitfiled on July 26 by Bhatt, a 1988 batch IPS officer, is based on emails exchanged between Tushar Mehta, Gujarat's additional advocate general, Gurumurthy, former Gujarat home minister AmitShah and officials in the CM's office.

In an email, attached as an annexure in Bhatt's supplementary affidavit, Gurumurthy writes to Ram on February 17, 2010: "Dear Ram, This refers to our telephonic talk after Cho (Cho Ramaswamy, editor of Tamil magazine Thuglak) spoke to you and me. Here is the note I would like you to go through so that you understand before you talk to the person."

In the two-page note attached to the mail, Gurumurthy praised Raghavan's confidential reports that were submitted to the SC and trashed the widow of Congress MP Ehsan Jaffri, who was killed, for trying to get a case registeredagainstNarendraModi.

Ram told HT he did not recall any exchange with Gurumurthy.
After explaining the email and the attached note, HT asked Ram whether he knew who was the unnamed person being referred to in the mail. Ram said: "I don't remember anything you are saying. I never talked to Cho or anybody regarding the Gujarat riots."

Asked whether he recalled any conversation with Raghavan about his investigations, Ram said: "No, never. He is a close family friend and writes for our publications, but we never discussed anything about the Gujarat riots."

Gurumurthy initially agreed to respond to the allegations. Later he changed his mind and said: "I don'twanttorespondtoanything.
You are nobody to question me."


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