Monday, August 8, 2011

Govt suspends Sanjiv Bhatt

Ahmedabad: The Modi government suspended Sanjiv Bhatt, the controversial IPS officer for not reporting to work for nearly 10 months.
The DIG had taken on the government when he first went public on chief minister Narendra Modi's role in the Godhra riots of 2002 in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court. Bhatt stated in the affidavit that he was present in the meeting on February 27, 2002 at the CM’s house after the Godhra train-burning, where he heard Modi telling top officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger. The apex court is yet to take this affidavit on record.
The government action on the officer comes a day before retired DGP K Chakravarthi and former additional chief secretary (home) Ashok Narayan are to depose before the Nanavati-Mehta commission on this controversial meeting at the CM house. These officials along with ex-DGP P C Pande, additional DGP K Nityanandam and former secretary to CM Anil Mukim, who are to depose at a later date, were called after Bhatt was cross-examined by the panel where he made startling revelations about the riots, apart from Modi's role.
Bhatt was booked last week under the IT Act after his former buddy and additional advocate general Tushar Mehta filed a complaint that the IPS officer had hacked his email and shared the password with two television journalists, thus leaking out sensitive emails on the riots and fake encounter cases.

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