Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sanjiv Bhatt writes to Prez, seeks probe against Modi

TOIA 29APR2012

Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has requested President
Pratibha Patil to ask the Centre to appoint an inquiry commission to
probe the role and conduct of chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002

In his application, Bhatt has highlighted how the scope of
reference of the Nanavti commission expanded in 2004 by the state
government defeated the purpose of the inquiry. The suspended DIG has
stated that the expanded reference mandated the commission to probe
the roles of the chief minister, other ministers, and top officials.
But, he said, their roles were not investigated “with respect to the
adequacy of administrative measures taken to prevent and deal with

According to Bhatt, the exclusion of a clause from a 2002 terms of
reference for the commission rendered the probe panel incapable of
investigating the issue in the manner it was sought to be probed.

Stressing the fact that the state government had been playing a
partisan role in the proceedings before the Nanavati commission, Bhatt
has called for another judicial probe by a two-member commission
headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. He seeks the probe to be
conducted of the role of Modi and other ministers, cops and various
organizations with respect to the measures taken to prevent or to deal
with the riots during Godhra carnage and later.

Bhatt has also complained about inadequate measures taken by
authorities in rehabilitation of the riot victims, in providing relief
to them and about the process of dispensation of justice. He has also
brought to the notice of the President that he sought summoning of
Modi by the Nanavati commission after submitting an affidavit by
former chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhary, but nothing has happened in
this regard.