Sanjiv Bhatt urges SC to appoint special team to probe Narendra Modi's role in 2002 Gujarat riots

By: admin
Updated: 17 Sep 2015 05:22 AM
New Delhi: Sacked Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Wednesday requested the Supreme Court to appoint a special investigation team to probe the alleged role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy and several others in the 2002 riots.


He said he did not want a CBI probe, because there had been a change in the political dispensation.


The plea, through senior counsel Indira Jaising, marked a departure from Bhatt's earlier request for a CBI probe into his allegations when the UPA II was in power.


"Now that there is a change in the political dispensation, we do not want a CBI probe, but a court-monitored SIT probe," Bhatt said in his fresh plea.


Since the matter came up at 3.55pm, just five minutes before the court was to rise for the day, the bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu posted the matter for Thursday.


Bhatt has already sought initiation of contempt proceedings against Shah, Gurumurthy and two others who, according to him, had tried to scuttle investigations into the riots and two fake encounter cases.


Bhatt, who was on suspension since September 12, 2011, was formally dismissed by the Gujarat government last month for alleged indiscipline, insubordination and prolonged absence from duty.


The dismissed officer had earlier alleged that on February 27, 2002, as the then DCP (intelligence), he was present at a meeting called by Modi where the then Gujarat chief minister allegedly instructed senior police officers and bureaucrats to allow Hindus to give vent to their anger.


The late-night meeting came on the day dozens of kar sevaks died in a train fire, triggering the riots that claimed hundreds of lives.


Bhatt has filed transcripts of purported email messages that he alleged Shah, Gurumurthy, G.C. Murmu, then principal secretary to the Gujarat chief minister, and Vijay Badekha, then undersecretary in the home department, sent to Tushar Mehta, the state's then advocate-general.


Mehta is now an additional solicitor-general for the Union government in the top court.


Bhatt said the purported emails "explicitly show the participation of persons described above in correspondences that can only be understood as those aimed at subverting justice".