New Delhi: Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, former DGP of Gujarat RB Sreekumar, DIG Rahul Sharma and four other police officers on Monday deposed before the National Commission for Minorities in connection with the 2002 riots case.
According to reports, the deposition before the minorities panel was done following a complaint by one of the 2002 riot victims, who alleged that the evidence in riots cases were being tampered with.
The complaint against top Gujarat police officials was lodged by Malek Niyaz Bannumiyan, a resident of Ognaz village in Ahmedabd district, after which the minorities panel issued summons asking them to depose before it on March 12.
Bannumiyan, who was allegedly robbed during the 2002 communal violence, has also complained to the commission about the alleged sluggishness in the investigation being done by the Special Investigation Team.
Besides, the commission also sought information related to the meeting at Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in Gandhinagar on February 27, 2002, where Modi is alleged to have directed top officials to let Hindus vent their anger, as was claimed by Bhatt.
Bhatt later told reporters that he had provided all information and vital documents to the commission pertaining to the said meeting at the chief minister’s residence.
He said the rights body wanted to know about Modi’s alleged inflammatory speeches in Patan and Chanasma in Mehsana.
The other police officers who were summoned are Inspector VJ Solanki, MK Sharma, EL Christian and AS Kasiri, who manned the control room of State Intelligence Bureau on February 27, 2002.
They all were called to testify over Bhatt’s claim that he was present in the meeting at Modi’s residence.