Friday, August 26, 2011

Sanjiv Bhatt Gives CBI 600 Pages of Documents


Manas Dasgupta

The controversial Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has reportedly handed over some 600 pages of documents to the Central Bureau of Investigation, many of which could prove incriminating for political leaders, the police and bureaucratic officials alike. Mr. Bhatt, who caused a flutter by filing an affidavit against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Supreme Court alleging his role in the 2002 communal riots, is being questioned in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

It is learnt that certain of the documents establish how a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue from South India functioned as an integral part of the Modi government, — how he was being consulted and shared classified information with, as well as some other top BJP leaders, for every legal move before the apex court and other courts after the 2002 communal riots in the State. They also allegedly exposed a nexus between a State Advocate General and the RSS, and how sensitive pieces of information collected by the Supreme-Court-appointed Special Investigation Team would systematically be passed on to the RSS ideologue.

The government is already grappling with Mr. Bhatt's first salvo regarding Mr. Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, that he Mrreportedly "directed" the senior police officers to "allow the Hindus to vent their ire on the Muslims" in the aftermath of the Godhra train carnage. While Mr. Bhatt claimed that he was "personally present" at the February 27, 2002 meeting in which Mr. Modi was claimed to have issued the "directive," the State government is making all efforts at every forum, including the G.T.-Nanavati-Akshay-Mehta judicial inquiry commission to demolish the IPS officer's claim.


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