Can reveal `much more` before Nanavati Commission: Bhatt

IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots, on Saturday said he could reveal "much more" before the Nanavati Commission.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

Ahmedabad: IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who has
filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots, on Saturday said he
could reveal "much more" before the Nanavati Commission.

"I can tell the Nanavati Commission that (about what he
has said in the affidavit) and much more because I was privy
to much more," Bhatt told reporters here.

"When I approached the Supreme Court with an affidavit, I
submitted to the honourable court that I know much more which
I can reveal to the court when I am called upon to do so.

"If this commission is interested in finding out the
truth and If I am given an opportunity to speak out the truth,
then I can come out with all the facts that I know and can
recollect at this point of time," he said.

In his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Bhatt had
alleged that Modi instructed officers during a late night
meeting held on February 27, 2002, to allow Hindus "to vent
out their anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims to
be "taught a lesson".

The Nanavati Commission has summoned Bhatt on May 16,
following the revelations made by him in the affidavit filed
in the apex court recently.

In its summons to Bhatt, the Commission has stated that
it would like to elicit information from him regarding the
meeting held by Modi on the night of February 27, 2002, at his
residence which Bhatt claims to have attended, sources said.

The said information is likely to be useful and relevant
for the purpose of inquiry which is being conducted, the
Commission stated in the summons, they said.

Bhatt`s statement would be recorded in-camera, as it is
not a public hearing, an official of the Commission said.

PTI