Bhatt and Sreekumar make truce



Ahmedabad: Former Gujarat DGP RB Sreekumar and suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who were locked in war of words in recent past, have decided to bury the hatchet for "the cause of 2002 riot victims".

Bhatt had yesterday proposed a reconciliation with his one-time senior Sreekumar in "the larger interest of justice" for the riot victims.

The suspended IPS officer had also observed that infighting between the two would not only help the people in power but also irreparably subvert the cause of justice in Gujarat, which is very dear to both of them.

"I wholeheartedly welcome your proposal for ending our confrontational communication. Certainly, the whole affair was very very painful for me also," Sreekumar on Friday wrote in a letter to Bhatt.

"I never did nurture any ill will towards you, who is citing a brave battle against the enemies of syncretic and symbiotic traditions of our motherland, (who are) negating the letter, spirit and ethos of our Constitution," he added.

"Hereafter, let us not do anything to undermine the faith of riot victim survivors on us. You can certainly expect my earnest support to all your efforts towards truth and righteousness," Sreekumar added.

The verbal duel between the two started on December 27 when Sreekumar submitted a letter to the Nanavati Commission, raising questions over Bhatt's integrity for speaking up against Narendra Modi government after a hiatus of almost nine years post riots.

In his missive addressed to Bhatt, Sreekumar had said that in 2002 he had asked the now suspended IPS officer, who was DCP (Intelligence) here during the riots, to file an affidavit before the judicial panel probing the riots but he had not done so.

A similar request by the state DGP in 2004 was also not acted upon by Bhatt.

Reacting to Sreekumar's charge, Bhatt shot off a letter to former top cop accusing him of "disregarding" many important information available with the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) while filing affidavits before the two-member Nanavati Commission.

He had also accused Sreekumar of making contradictory statements before the two-member riot panel.

Countering Bhatt's allegations Sreekumar slammed his junior saying that his silence for over nine years on the post-Godhra riots was due to an "ulterior motive" and for "avoiding clash of interests with the state government".

The former top cop in his missive to the suspended IPS officer also accused him of "manipulating" and "suppressing" information with regard to order of then DGP K Chakravarthi directing all commissioners of police, ADGP CID (Crime and Intelligence) ADGP (Intelligence), SPs and all range in-charge officers to file affidavits before the panel.

PTI