Ahmedabad: A witness named by IPS officer
Sanjeev Bhatt to substantiate his claim of attending a meeting
with Chief Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002, has
said he was on leave and out of station that particular day.
In a letter to Nanavati Commission yesterday, police
constable K D Pant, who worked under Bhatt at the State
Intelligence Bureau (SIB), has said he was in Mumbai on
February 27, 2002 for some personal work at the French Embassy
According to Bhatt`s affidavit filed in the Supreme
Court, Pant was one of the witnesses named by him before the
Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the apex court,
as a person, who could corroborate his claim that he had
attended the meeting at Modi`s residence on February 27, 2002.
Pant has further said in the letter, that he had left
Mumbai in the afternoon on the day and reached Nadiad the next
morning (February 28, 2002), where he learnt about the Godhra
train burning incident through television news channels.
He has also mentioned in the letter that in his statement
before SIT on April 5 this year, he had said he was on leave
on February 27, 2002, when asked if he knew about the meeting
called by Modi.
On the other hand, during questioning by the state
government, Bhatt today stated before the Commission, that
Pant had resumed office on afternoon of February 27, 2002,
after his leave.
Bhatt further said that he had seen Pant in the SIB
office that day and had also rewarded him for working late in