Sarabhai wants Sanjiv Bhatt to be re-examined

Last Updated: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 22:22

Ahmedabad: Danseuse-social activist Mallika
Sarabhai has written a letter to the Justice Nanavati
Commission, which is probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, demanding
re-examination of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in
connection with her Supreme Court PIL.

In view of the revelations by former IPS officer RB
Sreekumar, the Commission ought to question Bhatt, as he is
the only person who would be able to provide information on
actions of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his government for
derailing her PIL on riots, Sarabhai says.

Sreekumar, who headed State Intelligence Bureau at the
time of riots, had filed an affidavit before the Commission on
state government`s actions with respect to Sarabhai`s PIL.
Bhatt, in May this year, had told the Commission that
Modi tried to undermine the PIL proceedings.

He also told the Commission recently that he could now
appear before it without any constraints.

"I can now appear before the Commission... to bring out
the details of roles of Mr Narendra Modi, Amit Shah as well as
the advocates attached with certain law offices in Ahmedabad
and Delhi to undermine the proceedings of PIL filed by Mallika
Sarabhai...," Bhatt said in a letter to the Commission.

"I am not constrained by the pendency of SLP filed by
Zakia Jafri (in Gulberg Society riot case) as the same has
been allowed and disposed in September by Supreme Court."
Bhatt had alleged in the letter that a sum of Rs 10 lakh,
drawn from the secret service fund, had been delivered to Modi
as instructed by him, and was subsequently handed over (by
Modi) to Amit Shah. Bhatt had told Commission earlier that
this money was used for the attempt to derail the PIL.

PTI




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