Record Bhatt's deposition: JSM plea before Nanavati Commission
Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), representing some of the 2002 riot victims, has filed an application in Nanavati Commission for summoning IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt over the role and conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the events unfolded after the Godhra incident.
Bhatt, in his recent affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, alleged that Modi had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the communal clashes and wanted Muslims to be "taught a lesson".
The petition filed on Monday by its convener Amrish Patel before the Commission, probing the 2002 communal riots, said that deposition of Bhatt "would be very important and (is) a material evidence" on deciding the role and conduct of the chief minister and others.
JSM counsel Mukul Sinha said that it became imperative to examine Bhatt in the wake of the revelations made in his affidavit.
"We have also asked for permission to corss-examine Bhatt before the commission. I believe that the state government should also cross-examine him as it is the credibility of their chief Minister which is at stake," Sinha told reporters.
Sinha informed that the state government had itself amended the terms of reference of the Commission in June 2002 for enquiring into the role and conduct of chief minister.
He said that a petition summoning Modi before Nanavati Commission was pending with the Gujarat High Court which had reserved the pronouncement of order.