SIB records of 2002 riots destroyed: Guj govt
The telephone call records, registers of officers` movement and vehicle log books of the State Intelligence Bureau pertaining to the period of 2002 communal riots were destroyed in 2007, the Gujarat Government said.
Ahmedabad: The telephone call records,
registers of officers` movement and vehicle log books of the
State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) pertaining to the period of
2002 communal riots were destroyed in 2007, the Gujarat
Government said on Wednesday.
SB Vakil, Government Counsel in the Nanavati
Commission, probing the post-Godhra riots, told mediapersons
after the questioning of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt that as per
Government rules the records are destroyed after five years.
"As per general government rules the telephone call
records, vehicle log book and the officer`s movement diary are
destroyed after a certain period," Vakil said.
He said as far as the SIB records for 2002 (when
Sabarmati Express train fire at Godhra and subsequent riots
took place) were concerned, they were destroyed in 2007.
"Bhatt knows that the records are not available and
despite that he is asking for them," Vakil noted.
Bhatt had given an application to the commission in
May, seeking direction to the Government and SIB to provide
him records and documents pertaining to 2002 riots period.
The Government Counsel said Bhatt, who was DCP (SIB)
in 2002, knows the rule that such records are destroyed after
a certain period. In spite of that he is asking for such
records through various direct and indirect representations.
Earlier, there were heated arguments between Bhatt,
who has made serious allegations against Chief Minister
Narendra Modi in connection with the riots, and Vakil during
the senior IPS officer`s questioning before the two-member
During the proceedings at the Commission, Vakil
claimed that Bhatt had "crossed his limits" when he filed an
affidavit in the Supreme Court.
Bhatt was summoned for questioning by the Commission
following his affidavit in the apex court where he had alleged
that Modi had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out
their anger" during the clashes (which broke out after the
torching of Sabaramti Express), and he wanted Muslims to be
"taught a lesson".
During today`s questioning, Vakil asked Bhatt, posted
as DCP with SIB during the post-Godhra riots, to name other
DCPs who were on duty in the city on February 27, 2002 (the
day of Godhra train fire).
To this, Bhatt said answer was already in the records
of the Government. Bhatt repeatedly gave similarly answers to
other questions posed by the Government counsel.
This sparked a heated exchange of words between the
two with Bhatt shouting at Vakil and saying "do not cross the
Vakil shot back, saying "Right from the day you made
affidavit (in the Supreme Court) you crossed your limit."
He also complained to the Commission that the IPS
officer was not answering questions properly to which the
panel said it was his right to reply the way he wants. Bhatt`s
questioning will continue on July 9.
Bhatt also had arguments with Justice (retd) G T
Nanavati, who heads the Commission, during the questioning.
When Vakil asked Bhatt if IPS officer E Radhakrishnan
was DIG in SIB on February 27, 2002, he said to the best of
his knowledge, he was posted as SP of Gandhinagar.
Bhatt further told the panel that a Minority Finance
Development Corporation office, located in Old Secretariat
campus, was burnt down right under the nose of Radhakrishnan
and he, as a SIB officer, had reported against him.
On this Justice Nanavati interrupted Bhatt and asked
him to give information only about what he was asked. "Do not
bring other matters into the public domain."
Bhatt replied that the panel should be interested in
more details of the case as it was inquiring about the riots
of 2002. "The Commission has to be impartial on it part. Such
a thing from the State Government is understandable, but not
from the Commission itself," the IPS officer stated.
After exchange of some words, Bhatt remarked, "Don`t
mess with me."
The Commission, annoyed at the response, said it would
make a note that on one hand Bhatt was avoiding answering
questions, while on the other the police officer was giving
information not related to the queries.