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‘Guj govt, SIT damaged evidence related to Godhra`

Last Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 20:21

Ahmedabad: Against the backdrop of the
Supreme Court-appointed SIT reportedly giving a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, suspended IPS officer
Sanjiv Bhatt Saturday accused the state government and the probe
agency of "destroying" records related to 2002 post-Godhra

In a letter written to the Nanavati Commission, Bhatt
alleged the crucial records related to 2002 post-Godhra riots
have been "destroyed" by Gujarat government and SIT.

"It is my genuine apprehension that relevant records
have been deviously suppressed or destroyed by the government
of Gujarat, as well as the SIT headed by R K Raghavan," Bhatt
wrote in his letter to Justice G T Nanavati and Justice Akshay
Mehta Commission probing the 2002 riots here.

"This has been done with the diabolical motive of
shielding powerful persons from legal punishment by ensuring
that crucial and relevant incriminating evidence is not
brought before the courts of law," he charged.

Bhatt`s allegations comes after the SIT, in its final
report submitted to the magistrate court, has reportedly given
a clean chit to Modi and others.

"The delay on part of the Commission in requisitioning
the relevant public records and documents has, inadvertently
or otherwise, facilitated the destruction of incriminating
evidence against the Gujarat Chief Minister or other Ministers
in his council," Bhatt alleged.

Bhatt urged the Commission to ensure that relevant
records are not destroyed by the "vested interests".
"The honourable Commission is once again requested to
ensure that relevant records are not destroyed by the vested
interests in the administrative machinery of the state
government whose own conduct is under inquiry," he stated.

Bhatt was posted as the Deputy Commissioner of
Intelligence with the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) from
1999 to 2002.
Bhatt, in an affidavit before the Supreme Court, had
alleged Modi, during a meeting on February 27, 2002,
instructed top police officials of the state to allow the
Hindus to vent their anger after the Godhra train burning
incident. He had deposed before the Commission in May last


First Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 20:21

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