Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv
Bhatt has written an open letter to Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi, saying the BJP stalwart has "completely
misconstrued" the order passed by the Supreme Court in the
Gulberg Housing Society riot case of 2002.
"It seems you have completely misconstrued the judgement
and the order passed by the Honourable Supreme Court of India
in Criminal Appeal No 1765 of 2011 arising out of SLP
(CRL) No 1088 of 2008 that is Jakia Nasim Ahesan Versus State
of Gujarat," Bhatt wrote in a letter to Modi.
"Let me clarify that even by a long shot, the order of
the Supreme Court has nowhere, even remotely, suggested that
the allegations contained in the complaint filed by Mrs Jakia
Jafri (widow of ex-Congress MP Ahesan Jafri who was killed in
the riot) were unfounded or false," he said.
"The order of the Honourable Supreme Court is, in fact, a
very major leap in the direction of delivering justice to the
hapless victims of the Gujarat pogrom."
"The order over which some are gloating in feigned glee
is, in fact, a very cleverly worded order that takes the
perpetrators and facilitators of the 2002 carnage a few leaps
closer to their day of reckoning," Bhatt said.
"The false bravado comes across as a very smart attempt
to mislead the gullible people of Gujarat and instil a false
sense of confidence in the political rank and file", Bhatt
On September 12, the apex court declined to pass any
order on Modi`s alleged inaction to contain the riots in 2002
and left it to the Magistrate`s court concerned to decide the
course of action against him on the basis of SIT report.
Jakia had filed a complaint in the SC, seeking action
against Modi and other government officials for the riots.