Sohrab case: CBI questions IPS Sanjeev Bhatt

Sanjeev Bhatt had accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of misusing the state machinery during post-Godhra riots in 2002.

Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev
Bhatt was questioned by the CBI, probing the 2005 Sohrabuddin
Sheikh fake encounter case, pertaining to the allegations made
by him in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, senior
officials said on Thursday.

Bhatt, who accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi of misusing the state machinery during post-Godhra riots
in 2002, had last month filed an additional affidavit in the
apex court alleging that Gujarat government was helping the
accused in the fake encounter case to prepare their defense.

The CBI yesterday questioned Bhatt at his residence
for over three hours regarding the Sohrabuddin case and the
allegations made by him in the affidavit, officials said

The CBI also collected documents that Bhatt had
obtained from the email account of the Additional Advocate
General Tushar Mehta, they added.

The officials said it was apparent from the documents
that besides Mehta, bureaucrats attached with the Chief
Minister`s office, Home department and senior police officers
were making attempts to help former minister Amit Shah, a
prime accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in
defending himself.

They said Bhatt could be questioned further, if
needed, after examining the documents obtained from him.

The 1988-batch IPS officer was suspended early this
month for misconduct by the state government.

Former Gujarat minister of state for home, Shah, was
described by the CBI as the `kingpin` of the conspiracy that
led to the encounter of Sohrabuddin and killing of two of the
key witnesses in the case Kausarbi and Tulsiram Prajapati.

Bhatt in his additional affidavit filed in the Supreme
Court on July 26 had also alleged that details of the
post-Godhra riots cases, being probed by special investigation
team (SIT), were leaked to law officer of the state

In his 19-page supplementary affidavit Bhatt alleged
that "someone" from within the SIT was leaking sensitive and
confidential details related to investigations conducted by it
to Additional Advocate General Tushar Mehta.

He further claimed that these mails from SIT were
forwarded to legal advisors of the riots accused in order to
prepare their defense in the court.

Bhatt also alleged in the affidavit that he had seen
e-mails from the SIT probing the riots cases in the personal
mail account of Mehta.

Mehta on his part lodged a complaint with the state
cyber cell last Friday accusing Bhatt of hacking his e-mails
and case was under investigation.


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