Sunday, January 8, 2012

Grill me, Modi and ex-DGP jointly: Bhatt to riot panel

Express news service

Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt today sought his joint examination with Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former DGP R B Sreekumar before the Nanavati-Mehta Commission in connection with the alleged undermining of judicial proceedings related to 2002 riots.

A day after The Indian Express reported that the Commission

has brought the intelligence-fund-for-bribe issue on record and allowed Bhatt and Sreekumar to file more on this in affidavits, the suspended DIG wrote to the two-member judicial panel.

“In addition to my deposition before the Commission, the latest affidavit of Sreekumar also clearly refers to the direct role of Narendra Modi in undermining the judicial process connected with the Gujarat riots of 2002,” Bhatt said in the letter.

Bhatt, during his deposition before the Commission in May this year, had alleged that Modi tried to undermine the proceedings on a petition filed by social activist Mallika Sarabhai in the Supreme Court with regard to the riots.

‘It would, therefore, be entirely appropriate and in the interest of justice that Narendra Modi, R B Sreekumar and the undersigned (Bhatt) are jointly examined on oath by this Commission,” the senior IPS officer said in his letter.

He said the alleged incident is squarely covered by the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission, which is probing the post-Godhra communal violence in the state.

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