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Zakia’s star witnesses fabricated evidence against Modi,says SIT

The Special Investigation Team (SIT),appointed by the Supreme Court to look into Gujarat riot victim Zakia Jafri’s complaint accusing Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others for allegedly conspiring the 2002 post-Godhra riots

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
September 7, 2013 4:03:11 am

The Special Investigation Team (SIT),appointed by the Supreme Court to look into Gujarat riot victim Zakia Jafri’s complaint accusing Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others for allegedly conspiring the 2002 post-Godhra riots,Friday claimed that the three IPS officers cited as star witnesses in her case “have conspired to create evidence against the accused number-one (Modi).”

SIT’s senior counsel R S Jamuar was replying to the issues raised by Jafri’s lawyer before the metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra that the merit of evidence and the witnesses should be decided by the court and not by the SIT. Jamuar alleged that retired DGP R B Sreekumar,suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and DIG Rahul Sharma hatched a conspiracy together to create evidence.

“There are email correspondences between Bhatt and Sharma in which both are found to have been conspiring. Their affidavits filed before the Nanavati Shah commission (probing the 2002 riots) also show that they were in touch with each other and manipulating evidence,” Jamuar said.

Reading out excerpts from SIT’s closure report that gave clean chit to Modi,Jamuar said that “in one of the correspondence,Bhatt was asking Sharma to find out whether BJP minister Haren Pandya was present in the meeting on February 27,2002.” It was the same meeting Bhatt has claimed he was present at and where Modi allegedly ordered to “let Hindus vent their anger”.

If Bhatt was present in the meeting,why was he asking Sharma to find the location of Pandya,Jamauar argued. He also alleged that Sharma was also a part of conspiracy. He was getting the Call Detail Record (CDR) that became a clinching evidence in the riot-related cases.

“Sharma honestly performed his duty as a Deputy Commissioner of Police (police control,Ahmedabad) during the riots. He has stated that Ehsan Jafri (Zakia’s husband) had opened fire at a mob that provoked the violence. He also got the CDR and tampered with it,” Jamuar said.

Jamuar read out the affidavit filed by Sharma before the Nanavati Commission and told the court,“Sharma wanted to edit the CDR that’s why he took them to his house. Nobody in government service does that. Sharma got the CDR after consulting the investigating officer (IO) of the riot cases,yet Sharma never gave the CDR to the IO. Instead,he sent it to P P Pandey (joint commissioner of police).”

Jamuar also wondered why Sharma,who went to the cellphone companies to get the CDRs,sent his writer to take the CDs to Pandey,given that they were important evidence. The SIT counsel also blamed R B Sreekumar for being a part of the conspiracy.

He said that Sreekumar himself admitted that he recorded a meeting with G C Murmu,the IAS officer posted in the CMO and a government pleader. Sreekumar has alleged that Murmu tutored the pleader in the riot case. “Sreekumar also says that he got the voice recorder from Sharma which means that Sreekumar met these officers with a certain mindset,” Jamuar said. The SIT is likely to conclude its reply on Saturday.

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