HC directs Modi govt to give 2002 riots call records to Sanjiv Bhatt

by Oct 16, 2012

New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday directed the Narendra Modi-led state government to provide documents related to the calls received in the police control room during the 2002 communal riots in the state to suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

Bhatt had approached the high court seeking permission to get the call records from the Nanavati Commission which had investigated the communal riots in the state.

Bhatt had sought records of the days when communal riots in Gujarat had just begun. While the state administration initially claimed that it could not find the records, the high court today directed the government to provide the documents to IPS official by 19 October, reported CNN IBN.

Sanjiv Bhatt. Pic courtesy IBNLive.

Earlier, Bhatt had written an open letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to introspect after the verdict in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 32 people including a former Gujarat minister were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 97 people.

Bhatt, who was suspended and subsequently reinstated, following his statements against the Gujarat government and the 2002 communal riots in the state.

Bhatt was suspended by the state home ministry for not showing up at work, for misusing his official car, threatening a constable and for involvement in an Arms Act case. He had also alleged that the Chief Minister had issued an order telling the administration not to take action against rioters during the 2002 communal riots.

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