BJP criticises Chidambaram welcoming IPS officer`s statement

The BJP accused P Chidambaram of interfering with the judicial process by welcoming IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt`s statement against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 2002 riots when the matter is sub-judice.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 00:46 AM IST

New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday accused Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram of interfering with the judicial
process by welcoming IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt`s statement
against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 2002 riots
when the matter is sub-judice.

"Police officer Sanjeev Bhatt took his affidavit
directly to the Supreme Court bypassing the SIT. This was
welcomed by the Union Home Minister," BJP spokesperson Nirmala
Sitharaman told reporters while questioning Bhatt`s intention
of not submitting the affidavit to the SIT which is
investigating the 2002 riots.

Bhatt has alleged that Modi had given instructions to
senior police officials that Hindus should be allowed to vent
their anger against Muslims after the Godhra train carnage.

Chidambaram welcomed Bhatt`s statement at a press meet
held at Jaipur by some independent advocates.

"Is it appropriate for the Home Minister to welcome
Bhatt`s affidavit? Is it the right thing to do? Does it not
mean interfering with the process of judiciary by a Home
Minister who is also a senior lawyer himself," Sitharaman
said.

Citing media reports, she said Bhatt was found involved
in a narcotics case in which he allegedly planted drugs in the
hotel room of an advocate to settle scores. Bhatt was found
guilty of wrongdoing and the Gujarat government had to pay Rs
one lakh for it, she said.

PTI