Bhatt a manipulator,not reliable,says SIT

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) Wednesday criticised suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and called him a “manipulator”.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:May 2, 2013 4:18 am

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) Wednesday criticised suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and called him a “manipulator”. It said that Bhatt is not “reliable” in Zakia Jafri versus Narendra Modi and other cases pertaining to the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

“Bhatt was not a witness to any meeting held by the Chief Minister on February 27,2002. He has fabricated it. He wrote emails to different people to create pressure on the Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran and Supreme Court bench hearing Zakia’s petition in 2011,” SIT counsel R S Jamuar told the court while producing evidence against Bhatt.

Bhatt filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in which he had claimed he was present at the meeting in which Modi allegedly asked “to let Hindus vent their anger”.

Bhatt told the court that there were 250 to 500 emails collected by the state police during investigation of the criminal complaint filed against Bhatt. SIT cited many of these emails sent to many people,including a journalist named Subhranshu,activist Teesta Setalvad,Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil and IPS officer Rahul Sharma,among others.

Continuing his argument for the sixth day,Jamuar also told the court that Bhatt had sent an email to an NRI named Nasir Chipa on May 28,2011,to check any progress made by the amicus curiae.

Jamuar also said that even Ramachandran,in his final report,observed that “Bhatt’s conduct is not of a detached police officer”. Quoting Ramachandran,he said,“I am left with no doubt that he is actively ‘strategising’ and is in touch with those who would benefit or gain mileage from his testimony.”

Security beefed up as AMC gets letter threatening suicide

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) received six letters from an unidentified man threatening that he would set himself on fire Wednesday. The AMC officials alerted the police about the threat. The city police beefed up security at every possible government premises and fire tender officials were also on toes to prevent such incidents. The letter was written in Gujarati language that read,“Taiyaar rehjo…Hoon aaje aatmavilopan karish” (Be aware,I will set myself ablaze today).

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