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IB records can’t be handed over to Bhatt: DGP

State DGP Chitranjan Singh on Wednesday said he will not hand over police records related to the 2002 statewide riots to senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt

’02 riots * Chitranjan Singh says the documents can be shown only to a court,or a court-appointed panel

State DGP Chitranjan Singh on Wednesday said he will not hand over police records related to the 2002 statewide riots to senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt,who has sought the same to enable him “meaningfully depose” before the GT Nanavati-Akshay Mehta Commission.

Bhatt is to depose before the state government-appointed Commission,which is probing into the riots,on May 16. He had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming he was

witness to Chief Minister Narendra Modi asking top state officers,in a midnight meeting after the Godhra train carnage,to let Hindus vent their anger against Muslims.

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“Those records can only be shown to a court,or a commission legally appointed by a court. State IB records are confidential and we cannot give them to any government officer like this,” Singh told The Indian Express,adding that “several IPS officers have deposed before courts and commissions on this issue,but none had asked for such documents”.

The DGP had ordered Bhatt to specify how each of those documents were specifically relevant to his deposition. In his reply to the DGP on Wednesday,Bhatt has implicitly underlined several key areas that may figure in his deposition.

Bhatt has demanded records of disbursement of the secret service fund to to State Intelligence Bureau,maintaining it was “relevant to bring out the dubious role of the highest echelons of the State Administration,including the office of the Chief Minister,in subverting certain contemporaneous judicial proceedings”,which were pending before the Supreme Court.

Another set of documents he has sought is the registers of incoming calls to the police control room,which he maintained could show the “exact nature and details of events that took place during the Godhra train burning incident… and the subsequent riots”.

Bhatt has also asked for intelligence reports received by the then DGP,K Chakravarty,from all the agencies,including the State Intelligence Bureau,which he said was necessary to “recreate events and circumstances behind the breakdown of the law & order machinery… and the action/inaction that facilitated the orchestration of the Gujarat riots”. Bhatt,incidentally,was the DCP (Intelligence) during the riots.

Also,he has sought for all the documents related to the deployment of drivers and movement of vehicles used by the then DGP,his movement register and other papers “to obtain details to corroborate… the movements of the DGP and other co-travelling police officers,for attending meetings convened by the Chief Minister and other constitutional,extra-constitutional authorities during the said period”.

Bhatt’s claim that he was among those who attended the CM’s meeting on February 27 that year,had been refuted by Chakravarty.

Among others,Bhatt has demanded documents of the state police control room to prove that all actionable intelligence and information on the riot situation had been passed on in time to the home department officials as well as the Home Minister and the Chief Minister. He said this is required “to identify the police staff who would be in a position to corroborate and substantiate allegations regarding deliberate inaction and complicity on the part of the various Police Units while dealing with the Gujarat Riots of 2002”.

He has also asked for specific police communications to bring out the “reluctance and delay on the part of the state administration in requisitioning additional forces for dealing with a very serious emergent situation”.