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Nanavati Commission rejects plea to recall Bhatt

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 20:03

Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission on Tuesday rejected the application of social activist Mallika Sarabhai seeking to recall the suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for questioning on the role of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in allegedly undermining her petition filed in Supreme Court after 2002 riots.
During his questioning by Central Relief Committee
advocate B M Mangukia on May 23 in the commission, Bhatt had
alleged that Modi had tried to undermine the proceeding in the
petition filed by Sarabhai in the Supreme Court with regard to
2002 riots.

After Bhatt`s deposition, Sarabhai moved an
application demanding cross examination of Bhatt and his then
superior officer former DGP RB Sreekumar.

"The basis for the request made by Mallika Sarabhai
before us is the allegation made against Narendra Modi by
Mr Sanjiv Bhatt with respect to the writ petition filed by her
in the Supreme Court on April 1, 2002," the Commission said in
its order.

"Without going into the question whether allegation is
true or not, we are inclined to reject the request of Mallika
Sarabhai as we are of the view that what Sanjiv Bhatt and (R
B) Sreekumar have stated so far before us in this behalf is
not sufficient to indicate that the said event falls within
the purview of scope of enquiry that this commission is
required to make," it said.
The Commission however, made it clear that it was open
for Bhatt and Sreekumar to file an affidavit and give further
details with respect to the said event to enable the
Commission to decide whether it was relevant or likely to help
its inquiry.

Sarabhai had stated that Bhatt`s allegation was
corroborated by the affidavit filed by Sreekumar before the
commission and it was a matter of great public importance.

She also submitted that in view of the widening of the
terms of reference of the inquiry, the event was relevant and
fell within the scope of inquiry to be made by the Commission.

Bhatt had also written to the commission after Sarabhai
filed her application in October, expressing his willingness
to depose regarding the exact role of Modi, former minister
Amit Shah as well as the advocates attached with certain law
offices in Ahmedabad and Delhi, in undermining Sarabhai`s
petition in SC.

Bhatt is presently out on bail after being arrested on
September 30 in connection with an FIR filed against him by a
police constable for allegedly threatening and confining him
and making him sign a false affidavit.


First Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 20:03
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