Ahmedabad: Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM),
representing some of the 2002 riot victims, has filed an
application in Nanavati Commission for summoning IPS officer
Sanjeev Bhatt over the role and conduct of Chief Minister
Narendra Modi during the events unfolded after the Godhra
Bhatt, in his recent affidavit filed in the Supreme
Court, alleged that Modi had instructed officers to allow
Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the communal clashes
and wanted Muslims to be "taught a lesson".
The petition filed yesterday by its convener Amrish
Patel before the Commission, probing the 2002 communal riots,
said that deposition of Bhatt "would be very important and
(is) a material evidence" on deciding the role and conduct of
the chief minister and others.
JSM counsel Mukul Sinha said that it became imperative
to examine Bhatt in the wake of the revelations made in his
We have also asked for permission to corss-examine
Bhatt before the commission. I believe that the state
government should also cross-examine him as it is the
credibility of their chief Minister which is at stake," Sinha
Sinha informed that the state government had itself
amended the terms of reference of the Commission in June 2002
for enquiring into the role and conduct of chief minister.
He said that a petition summoning Modi before Nanavati
Commission was pending with the Gujarat High Court which had
reserved the pronouncement of order.