The Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots is likely to move the Gujarat High Court seeking review of the order that allowed suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to inspect intelligence reports.
The High Court had on Monday, in continuation of its previous order, allowed Bhatt to examine the documents, generated during the riots. The order also directed the commission to allow Bhatt for inspecting the documents. On Wednesday, when Bhatt approached the commission, the latter passed an order stating that it would approach the High Court for a review.
Reacting to the development, Bhatt said, “I got the copy of High Court order on Tuesday. And hence I approached the commission today. The commission passed an order stating that it wishes to move the High Court for a review of the order.”
Bhatt had hit headlines when he filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court about a high-profile meeting held at the then chief minister Narendra Modi’s residence on the night of March 27, 2002, following the Godhra train burning incident. He claimed that he was present in the meeting in which Modi allegedly told his officers to “allow Hindus to vent out their anger.”
However, Bhatt’s claim was rejected by Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed nine major cases of the riots along with the complaint of Zakia Jafri, widow of ex-Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the Gulberg Society massacre. The SIT had termed Bhatt as “not reliable.”
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