The Gujarat government on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to IPS officer Rahul Sharma for sharing with various agencies, including the Special Investigation Team (SIT), CDs containing telephone records of leaders and officials made during the communal riots of February-March 2002.
Though the Gujarat government has always questioned the authenticity of the call details in the CDs, the show-cause comes days after the Supreme Court-appointed SIT’s report, accessed by weekly Tehelka, indicted Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the post-Godhra riots in which more than 1200 people were killed.
Sharma, deputy inspector general of police (armed unit), Rajkot, said he would respond to the notice after consulting legal experts.
A senior government official said Sharma had been asked to explain within two weeks why he should not be chargesheeted for providing the SIT and other agencies — involved in the process of probe into cases related to the riots — CDs containing call records of senior ministers, BJP leaders, government and police officials.
During the riots, Sharma was first posted as superintendent of police, Bhavnagar district, where he had not allowed mobs to target minorities.
Later, he was moved out of Bhavnagar and was posted as SP, Ahmedabad police control room.
During this posting he had asked mobile service providers to furnish details of the calls made when the riots had broken out. After getting the calls details in CDs from mobile service providers, Sharma had submitted them to the city police crime branch, from where they reportedly vanished.
However, during his deposition before the Gujarat government-appointed Nanavati inquiry commission, Sharma had submitted a set of CDs having the call details.
Based on these CDs, the SIT has stated in its report that two ministers Ashok Bhatt and IK Jadeja, who were in touch with rioters, were positioned at Ahmedabad and Gujarat state police control rooms during the riots.
With PTI inputs