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Godhra panel may quiz CBI officer on CDs

Sinha also said the CDs could throw light on the role of politicians and the top police brass during the riots.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 17:56 IST

The Godhra Inquiry Commission has indicated that CBI officer Rahul Sharma could be summoned for the second time for interrogation before a decision on ordering an official probe into the compact discs submitted by him is taken.

"We have to first inquire into the motives that led Rahul Sharma, who was DSP of Bhavnagar during the riots, to submit copies of the CDs to the Justice UC Banerjee Committee," Nanavati-Shah Commission chairman Justice (Retired) GT Nanavati said.

The judge said that the Banerjee Committee, which was inquiring into the cause of fire in the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, has 'nothing' to do with the CDs which contained telephone numbers of calls made from mobile phones between February 27 and March 7, 2002 in Ahmedabad.

The judge made these observations after advocate Mukul Sinha, who is representing an NGO, submitted a rejoinder asking for a thorough probe into the CDs and said that the NGO had itself studied a section of the data in the CDs, which they had obtained from the Justice UC Banerjee Committee, and found it to be highly relevant.

Sinha also said the CDs could throw light on the role of politicians and the top police brass during the riots.

When the Commission raised objections on how the CDs had reached the Banerjee Committee, Sinha said, "we have come to know that Rahul Sharma had submitted the CDs to the high-level committee".