DGP orders Bhatt to report to duty, says leave unauthorised
Terming the leave of absence of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt as unauthorised, DGP Chitranjan Singh has directed him to report to duty immediately at the State Reserve Police Training Centre (SRPTC), Junagadh.Updated: May 02, 2011 00:33 IST
Terming the leave of absence of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt as unauthorised, DGP Chitranjan Singh has directed him to report to duty immediately at the State Reserve Police Training Centre (SRPTC), Junagadh.
In a letter written to Bhatt yesterday, Singh also directed him to use appropriate language while addressing a senior officer.
Bhatt had recently filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots,
Singh in his letter has said that Bhatt going on leave without it being sanctioned was a gross act of indiscipline.
"You (Bhatt) have been told time and again that you leaving your headquarters under the pretext of having been issued summons to depose with regard to a case was against the Rules. But still you keep on giving the same reasons for your leave in your correspondences," Singh said.
"You are still being considered as an officer on unauthorised leave. So if you want to be regarded as on duty you will have to report to headquarters of your posting and only after your joining report, you shall be considered as on duty," Singh said in his letter.
Through the letter Singh warned Bhatt that merely getting summons from a court was not enough for him to leave the headquarters.
"If you are summoned by any court or investigating agency, you need to inform office of ADGP (training) or the DGP office about the details first," Singh said.
The DGP further clarified that this letter was not meant to pressurise him or jeopardies his security.
"You are further instructed to come out of the inferiority complex and negative mentality and stop making baseless arguments in your correspondences," he said.
He also instructed Bhatt to address his superior officers appropriately.
Bhatt in his affidavit filed in Supreme Court has alleged that Modi in February 2002 had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims to be "taught a lesson".
The IPS officer has been summoned by the Nanavati Commission on May 16, following the revelations made by him in the affidavit filed in apex court, last month.