SC notice to Centre, Gujarat govt on Bhatt’s PIL
New Delhi: The Supreme Court, Friday, issued notice to the Centre and Gujarat government on a petition filed by IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or any other state police agency into the post-Godhra riots case against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The apex court has given four weeks time to both the Centre and state government to reply to its notice.
Sanjiv Bhatt, a 1988 cadre IPS officer and the principal of the Reserve Police Training College in Junagadh, had in April filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, claiming that he was present at an emergency meeting held on February 27, 2002 to review the law and order situation following the Godhra train carnage, which left 59 people dead and triggered a violence that claimed over 1,200 people.
Bhatt had claimed that Chief Minister Narendra Modi had allowed the killing of Muslims in the Godhra communal riots of 2002.
The IPS officer has also complained of "unconcealed hostility" by SIT against him.
He claimed in the affidavit that the Chief Minister had instructed the police authorities to allow Hindus to vent their anger against the Muslims.