I am being subjected to slander campaign by Guj govt: Sanjeev Bhatt

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 21:35

Ahmedabad: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Tuesday
requested the Nanavati Commission to defer his deposition till
he gets legal support, alleging that he was being subjected to
a "slander campaign" by the Gujarat government.

The panel consisting of Retd Justices G T Nanavati and
Akshay Mehta, however, rejected Bhatt`s application saying it
cannot defer the proceedings in the middle.
The Commission also told the state government that
questions it had posed before Bhatt yesterday, with regard to
allegations of atrocity and misuse of TADA against him when he
was posted in Jamnagar in 1990, was not concerned with purpose
for which the IPS officer was called.

When the proceedings began today, Bhatt objected to the
line of questioning and alleged that "it was a slander
campaign against him for filing affidavit in the Supreme

Bhatt, in an affidavit filed in the SC last month, had
claimed that he was present in the meeting called by Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the night of February 27,
2002, where Modi instructed his officers to allow Hindus "to
vent out their anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims
to be "taught a lesson".

Bhatt further alleged the cross-examination by the state
government counsel S B Vakil was in entirely different
directions dealing with scandalous details based on half

And for this purpose, Bhatt has sought time from the
Commission to get legal advice as he would not be in a
position to reply to questions of the state government.

Though the Commission rejected Bhatt`s application, it
asked the state government to prepare a list of cases during
Bhatt`s previous postings, on which they would like to ask
questions about.
Once the list would be provided, Bhatt would prepare
himself for questioning to be held after in couple of days.

The state government counsel Vakil, however, maintained
Bhatt`s deposition were not credible and he was capable of
concocting things to any extent to prove his point in accusing
another person.

While arguing on his application that he had filed on May
16 seeking direction from the Commission, to various agencies,
to provide him with information from State Control Room (SCR)
that he had requested for, Bhatt claimed the state government
had not provided the panel with all the relevant data/records
regarding the 2002 riots.

Bhatt had filed the application when he had deposed for
the first time before the panel seeking direction for state
DGP, ADGP State Intelligence Bureau(SIB) and Supreme Court
appointed special investigation team (SIT), to provide him
with records from the SCR for period of February 27, 2002 to
September 17, 2002.

The IPS officer alleged only 5 per cent of the data from
the SCR (during the 2002 riots) was provided to the
Commission. He further said only those records which would
show government in good light were given to the panel.

With regard to affidavits of various police officers
before the Commissions, Bhatt claimed the officers were made
to depose by the government about what was convenient to them.
Bhatt had also alleged there have been attempts to
destroy the SCR records. He said if all the records are
brought before the Commission, truth about what happened
and why it happened during 2002 riots would be revealed.

The Commission was of the opinion that Bhatt had asked
for too large amount of data. So it asked the officer to amend
his application and ask for specific records for particular
dates to prove his point.

Bhatt`s deposition is likely to continue tomorrow.


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First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 21:35

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