Hand over Nanavati report to Gujarat Guv: Bhatt
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 22:10
  
Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has said that Nanavati Commission enquiring into the 2002 Gujarat riots should submit its second report to the Governor of Gujarat, and not the state Chief Minister Narendra Modi whose role is covered by the terms of reference of the enquiry.

In a letter written to the Commission today, Bhatt has also said that even the first report of the Commission submitted to the state government should be recalled and handed over to the Gujarat Governor.

"First report of the Commission may be recalled from the state government and be presented to the Governor of Gujarat, as role of Gujarat Chief Minister is covered by the terms of reference of the enquiry," Bhatt stated in his letter.

"In consonance with principle of natural justice that no person shall be a judge in his own cause, the yet-to-be submitted second report of the Commission may also be presented to the Governor and not the Chief Minister," he said.

The first report of the Commission was submitted to the Chief Minister Narendra Modi himself in September 2008, despite the fact that his role was very much the subject matter of the terms of references being enquired into by the Commission, Bhatt observed.

In the first report which covered the Godhra train burning incident, the Commission had said that it was a pre-planned conspiracy.

Bhatt also pleaded with the Commission to summon Modi for deposition and cross-examination 'as the conclusion of Commission that no material was available against him was premature'.

"Without calling and examining Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, the conclusion that there is no material against him, is manifestly premature," Bhatt stated in his letter.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 22:08


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