Bhatt can come and see riot papers,says Nanavati panel

Justice Nanavati Commission will allow suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to inspect documents pertaining to the 2002 post-Godhra riots as per the Gujarat High Court order.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: October 17, 2012 3:35 am

Justice Nanavati Commission will allow suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to inspect documents pertaining to the 2002 post-Godhra riots as per the Gujarat High Court order.

“We have neither been intimated by Sanjiv Bhatt nor we have issued any summons to him in this regard. He can come anytime and as per the court order,we will let him inspect documents which are in our custody,” said an official of Nanavati Commission.

The Gujarat High Court had recently declined to direct Nanavati Commission,which is probing the post-Godhra riots,to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi while disposing of the PIL filed by Bhatt.

However,the HC had directed the state government to submit documents concerning the 2002 riots,as sought by Bhatt,to the commission within a week and asked the Commission to let Bhatt inspect those documents. Bhatt has reportedly decided to inspect those documents on October 19.

He had written a letter to the Commission on December 15,2011,and requested it to direct the state government to submit documents related to the riots to the Commission.

The counsel appearing for the state government had then claimed that documents sought by Bhatt were already destroyed.

But now,as noted by the court in its judgment on the PIL filed jointly by Bhatt and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL),state government has claimed those documents were already submitted to the Commission.

Bhatt,who had alleged complicity of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the post-Godhra riots,had sought those documents in support of his claim and to help him file a detailed affidavit.

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