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
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.