Former Gujarat Police chief K Chakravarthy has claimed that IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt was not present at the meeting where Narendra Modi allegedly asked top policemen just after the Godhra train burning on February 27, 2002 to let Hindus vent their anger.
In his affidavit filed on April 14 before the Supreme Court, Bhatt, who was deputy commissioner (state intelligence) in 2002, said he was at the meeting at Modi's official residence where he said Muslims should be taught a lesson to prevent Godhra-like incidents in future.
Chakravarthy, who now lives in Mumbai, however, refused to reveal who else was present in the meeting.
"The matter is under consideration of the Supreme Court, so I cannot comment on it," he said.
But Bhatt's official driver, Tarachand Yadav, has corroborated his boss' version.
He told a television channel: "We went first to the police station. After that, sir (Bhatt) went in the DG's (Chakravarthy) car to the CM's house. I was asked to follow him. We were at the CM's house for about 25 minutes, and then we went back to the police station."
Bhatt said since additional director general, intelligence, GC Raigar was on leave that day, he was called by the police control room to accompany Chakravarthy to the meeting.
On Chakravarthy's comment, Bhatt said, "He has denied this earlier also. So, there is nothing new in what he is saying. As far as I am concerned, I submitted what I knew and now it is up to the court to find out what is the fact in the matter."
Sources in the state home department told HT that officials close to Modi were trying to convince Chakravarthy to file a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court, denying Bhatt's presence and allegations.
A senior official close to the chief minister said, "Very soon, the former DGP (Chakravarthy) will file an affidavit, clarifying all the issues that Bhatt has raised in his affidavit."