Ahmedabad: IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt has
sought access to records of the State Control Room (SCR) for
the period between February 27, 2002 and September 17, 2002
from the state DGP by addressing a letter to him.
Bhatt, who alleged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
of complicity in 2002 communal riots in his affidavit filed
before the Supreme Court, said since he has to depose before
the Nanavati Commission on May 16, he would require access to
the documents in order to make a "meaningful deposition".
In his letter to DGP Chitranjan Singh, Bhatt has sought
access to the State Control Room (SCR) data and documents that
include incoming and outgoing messages, phone calls and
various intelligence reports received from state and central
agencies between February 27, 2002 and September 17, 2002.
Bhatt has also made a similar request to the ADGP (Law
and Order) Sudhir Sinha through a letter and also sought the
certified copies of his statements recorded by the Supreme
Court-appointed agency by shooting off a missive to R K
Raghavan, chairman of the special investigation team (SIT).
The IPS officer has also asked for authenticated copies
of all the documents and records tendered by him to the SIT,
as he wants to place all these before the Nanavati Commission
during the deposition.
Bhatt said he needed the documents in order to enable him
to accurately present "crucial" information and "meaningfully"
assist the Nanavati Commission, and also to obliterate the
possibility of any evidential loopholes or factual
contradictions during his deposition.
The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had recorded Bhatt`s
statement with regard to 2002 riots in November 2009 and later
in March this year.
Bhatt, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last
month, claimed that he was present in the meeting called by
Narendra Modi on the night of February 27, 2002.
He further said the chief minister instructed state
officials to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the
clashes. Bhatt was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence
Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots.
He further alleged in the affidavit that "The effects of
directions given by chief minister were widely manifested in
the half-hearted approach and the evident lack of
determination on part of the police while dealing with the
widespread incidents of orchestrated violence during the
state-sponsored Gujarat bandh on February 28, 2002 and also
during the weeks that followed."
Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, has also demanded
additional security cover for him and his family, besides one
armed personal security officer (PSO) and one guard deployed
at his residence round the clock.