Monday, December 12, 2011

Jadeja: Zadaphia told me to hold fort at DGP office


Ahmedabad: Former state urban development minister and senior BJP leader, I K Jadeja, has claimed that he took instructions from his junior minister and stayed in the DGP office for better co-ordination in order to quell the riots on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra carnage.
In his deposition before the Nanavati-Mehta Commission, which took place in-camera on November 8, the former minister revealed that he was present in DGP K Chakravarthi’s office at the instance of then state home minister Gordhan Zadaphia.
“Ministers in a government work like a team whenever there is any emergency situation. I asked then state home minister whether he required any help. He told me to remain at DGP Chakravarthi’s office and bring to the notice of DGP and the home minister (Narendra Modi) if there were any suggestions or messages to suppress the riots,” Jadeja said in reply to a question by the probe panel if there was any specific evidence that he was present in the DGP office on the particular day.
Former DGP R B Sreekumar, in his fourth affidavit filed before the commission, revealed Jadeja was at the DGP’s office and was instructing cops from the DGP’s phone. Sreekumar has also mentioned that Chakravarthi had even expressed displeasure with the minister’s presence and complained that it was hampering his work.
However, when asked by the commission, Jadeja denied of having issued any instruction to the cops. “I do not know any incident of violence in Ahmedabad while I was in the DGP office,” Jadeja said.
On the other hand, Zadaphia told SIT that he was not involved by chief minister Modi in any decision-making process.


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