Former Gujarat police chief RB Sreekumar on Thursday termed as "subversion of the criminal justice system", the reported decision of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) not to proceed against chief minister Narendra Modi in a 2002 anti-Muslim riots case.
Sreekumar, who had last week predicted that the SIT would give a clean chit to Modi, said the report filed by the team in a local court at Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening has not come as a surprise to him.
"The thrust of the entire exercise carried out by the SIT was to shield Modi and not to probe the complaint filed by Zakia Jafri. Therefore I am not surprised by its decision," he told HT.
Sreekumar, a bitter critic of the Modi government, who was the state intelligence chief during the 2002 riots and had deposed against the government before a probe panel looking into the riots, also raised questions on the role of SIT chief RK Raghavan.
"He (Raghavan) should come out clean on whether he was receiving any salary and other allowances from the state government and why he chose not to fix any headquarters for himself for the entire period of the SIT probe," the former top cop said.
Raghavan has so far chosen not to respond to allegations from either Sreekumar or the Congress that he accepted financial benefits from the Modi government and was earlier associated with the Tata Group, whose Nano car project had been extended special incentives in billions of rupees by the state government.
The SIT officials, however, have referred to Sreekumar as an "unreliable witness" along with suspended IPS officer, Sanjeev Bhatt.
Sreekumar has hit back by making public his first statement given to the SIT in May 2008.
The former police chief said he had submitted substantial evidence about sabotage of criminal justice system by the Modi government before the SIT through his nine affidavits and several letters.
"But the SIT has been turning a Nelson’s eye to any evidence incriminating to CM Narendra Modi and his collaborators," Sreekumar said.
The controversy revolves around a complaint filed by Jafri before the police and the SIT, alleging the role of Modi and 57 others in the killing of 59 Muslims, including her husband, by a mob on February 28, 2002.