Ahead of deposition, Bhatt seeks data of 2002 riots from DGP

IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt has sought access to records of the State Control Room (SCR) for the period between February 27, 2002 and September 17, 2002 from the state DGP by addressing a letter to him.

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

Ahmedabad: IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt has
sought access to records of the State Control Room (SCR) for
the period between February 27, 2002 and September 17, 2002
from the state DGP by addressing a letter to him.

Bhatt, who alleged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi of complicity in 2002 communal riots in his affidavit
filed before the Supreme Court, said that since he has to
depose before the Nanavati Commission on May 16, he would
require to access the documents in order to make a `meaningful
deposition`.

In his letter to DGP Chitranjan Singh, Bhatt has
sought access to the State Control Room (SCR) data and
documents that include incoming and outgoing messages, phone
calls and various intelligence reports received from state and
central agencies between February 27, 2002 and September 17,
2002.

Bhatt has also made a similar request to the ADGP (Law
and Order) Sudhir Sinha through a letter and also sought the
certified copies of his statements recorded by the Supreme
Court-appointed agency by shooting off a missive to RK
Raghavan, chairman of the special investigation team (SIT).

The IPS officer has also asked for authenticated
copies of all the documents and records tendered by him to
SIT, as he wants to place all these before the Nanavati
Commission during the deposition.

Bhatt said he needed the documents in order to enable
him to accurately present `crucial` information and
`meaningfully` assist the Nanavati Commission, and also to
obliterate the possibility of any evidential loopholes or
factual contradictions during his deposition.

The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had recored Bhatt`s
statement with regard to 2002 riots in November 2009 and later
in March this year.

Bhatt, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last
month, claimed that he was present in the meeting called by
Narendra Modi on the night of February 27, 2002. He further
said that the chief minister instructed state officials to
allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the clashes.

Bhatt was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence
Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots.

He had further alleged in the affidavit that "The
effects of directions given by chief minister were widely
manifested in the half-hearted approach and the evident lack
of determination on part of the police while dealing with the
widespread incidents of orchestrated violence during the
state-sponsored Gujarat bandh on February 28, 2002 and also
during the weeks that followed."

Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, has also demanded
additional security cover for him and his family, besides one
armed personal security officer (PSO) and one guard deployed
at his residence round the clock.

PTI