Gujarat: JSM seeks clarification on riots record

An NGO has filed an application seeking directions for the state govt`s clarification over the destroyed records of SIB.

Ahmedabad: An NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch
(JSM), has filed an application before the Nanavati
Commission, seeking directions for the state government`s
clarification on the controversy over the allegedly destroyed
records of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002

The JSM`s, which is representing some of the riot
victims, application comes after the conflicting statements by
the state government over the destruction of SIB records
pertaining to the period of 2002 riots.

On June 29, senior counsel SB Vakil, representing the
state government in the Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002
riots, had told reporters that telephone call records,
officers` movement registers and vehicle log books of the
SIB, pertaining to the period of 2002 riots, were destroyed in
2007, as per government rules.

Vakil had made the statement to media after the
questioning of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who had made
allegations against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an
affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in April this year.

However, the state Home Department had later clarified
that all the crucial records related to the 2002 riots were
intact and available. They had further said that counsel Vakil
seemed to have been misquoted or misinterpreted.

The government had also said that some SIB records that
were of `temporary` nature were destroyed as per rules.


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