Bhatt ‘twisted’ reward order to show cop’s presence on Feb 27,2002: DGP

Gujarat Police has contradicted arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s claims about constable K D Panth’s presence on February 27,2002,saying he had “twisted” the original reward order to support his case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:October 10, 2011 2:25 am

Gujarat Police has contradicted arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s claims about constable K D Panth’s presence on February 27,2002,saying he had “twisted” the original reward order to support his case.

Bhatt in his affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court had stated that he attended the meeting at Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on the night of February 27,2002. He added that he had gone to Gandhinagar along with Panth and his official driver,Tarachand Yadav,that day. And later,he officially rewarded Panth,then an assistant intelligence officer with the State Intelligence Bureau,with Rs 500 for his service till late night on that day. Bhatt was Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence at that time.

But In-charge Director General of Police Chitranjan Singh has said that Bhatt’s version of official reward was “twisted” from the original reward order,which is dated March 28,2002. “The reward was not for duties discharged for one day,but for the days that followed February 27,2002. Bhatt has presented the official order,originally in Gujarati,in twisted manner to show that Panth was present on February 27. The reward was for a stretch of period after February 27 and not for one day,” Singh said.

“Also,on February 27,2002,there was no rioting incident in Gujarat that required any urgent service by Panth on the VVIP movements then as stated in the order,” he added.

Bhatt’s lawyer I H Syed,however,said that they have copies of both the versions of the order — in Gujarati and in English — certified by the officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP). “Apart from that,we’ve got certified copy of Panth’s service sheet,which also proves what we say,” Syed said.

The fresh round of counterclaims comes after Bhatt produced Panth’s affidavit before the SC-appointed amicus curaie during his Ahmedabad visit,which corroborated his claims on the February 27,2002 meeting and his presence in it.

Soon after the amicus curaie’s visit,Panth filed a police complaint alleging Bhatt had made him sign the affidavit under duress,which led to his arrest. Panth now claims that he was not present in Gandhinagar on February 27,2002 and was in Mumbai on a relative’s errand and returning to Nadiad on the night of February 27. He has claimed that he reached Gandhinagar only on the morning of February 28.

In his statement to police,a Mumbai-based Advocate-Notary of the central government has corroborated Panth’s presence in Mumbai on that day.

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