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State govt hands key 2002 riots papers to Nanavati Commission

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt had sought to inspect these documents.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: October 20, 2012 2:40 am

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt had sought to inspect these documents.

The state government on Thursday submitted certain documents related to 2002 riots that were not furnished earlier before the Nanavati Commission,which is probing the post-Godhra riots.

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt,who had sought to inspect these documents to file a detailed affidavit before the probe panel,would be intimated when he to come to the Commission’s office for inspection once documents were indexed.

Bhatt,who appeared before the panel on Friday,said that following an HC direction,he had gone to the Commission for the inspection of police and IB documents related to 2002 riots submitted before it. “The Commission has said the documents were submitted on Thursday only and so they needed to index the same. After doing so,they told me,I will be intimated to come for the inspection,” the officer said.

Bhatt had sought a range of documents related to the 2002 riots from police and IB. Initially,the state government’s counsel had stated those documents were destroyed.

Recently,Bhatt and voluntary organisation People’s Union for Civil Liberties had filed a PIL in the HC seeking a direction to the state government to provide him those documents. During the hearing,Advocate General Kamal Trivedi had told the court these documents were not destroyed and had already been submitted before the Commission. He also told the court that more documents,if sought,would be submitted before the Commission within a week.

The documents sought by Bhatt include an analysis report prepared by state IB on the Godhra train burning incident of February 27,2002.

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