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Modi-batter Bhatt getting exposed before Nanavati Commission

Modi-batter Bhatt getting exposed before Nanavati Commission

Publication: Newsbharati.com
Date: July 9, 2011
URL: http://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/News/0/0/0/0/22/Modi-batter-Bhatt-getting-exposed-before-Nanavati-Commission.aspx

Constable contradicts Bhatt before Nanavati Commission

One by one, the witnesses, suggested by Anti-Modi camp, are continue to make complete turnaround exposing the political motives of the Anti-Modi pseudo-secularists.

Today again,oOne of the witnesses named by the IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who could substantiate his claim of attending a meeting called by the Chief Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002, has said in a letter to Nanavati Commission that he was on leave and out of station that day, PTI reported.

In a letter to Nanavati Commission yesterday, police constable K D Pant, who worked under Bhatt at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), has said that he was in Mumbai on February 27, 2002 for some personal work at the French Embassy there.

According to Bhatt's affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Pant was one of the witnesses named by him before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the apex court, as a person, who could corroborate his claim that he had attended the meeting at Modi's residence on February 27, 2002.

Pant has further said in the letter, that he had left Mumbai in the afternoon on February 27, 2002, and reached Nadiad the next morning (February 28, 2002), where he learnt about the Godhra train burning incident through television news channels.

He has also mentioned in the letter that in his statement before SIT on April 5 this year, he had said that he was on leave on February 27, 2002, when asked if he knew about the meeting called by Modi that day.

On the other hand, during questioning by the state government Bhatt today stated before the Commission, that Pant had resumed office on afternoon of February 27, 2002, after his leave.

Bhatt further said that he had seen Pant in the SIB office that day and had also rewarded him for working late in the night.

The IPS officer, in his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, where he had alleged complicity of Modi in the post-Godhra riots, had stated that Pant, who knew about the CM's meeting, was threatened with dire consequences and arrest by the SIT probing some of the 2002 riot cases.

Bhatt had further alleged that Pant was, virtually, treated like an accused by the SIT during his questioning on April 5, 2011.

When the state government counsel S B Vakil asked Bhatt he was aware of the complaint filed by Pant against him, he answered in the affirmative.

Last month, Pant had filed a complaint with Ghatlodia police station here against Bhatt for threatening him and making him sign false affidavit with regard to meeting called by Modi on February 27, 2002.

Today's session of Bhatt's questioning by the government counsel S B Vakil started with the former complaining to the Commission against Vakil for giving statements in the media.

Bhatt had sought Commission's intervention to stop Vakil from giving statements to press saying that Bhatt was lying in his affidavit.

"State should behave like state. Had he (Vakil) been advocate of (Narendra) Modi, I would not have taken objection," Bhatt said before the Panel.

Verbal abuses by Bhatt

Bhatt alleged that Vakil was trying to save those people, whose role was under scrutiny. Commission said that it can only ask Vakil to refrain from giving comments to media, and nothing more than that. It however asked Bhatt to file an application and said that it would pass appropriate order on that.

The proceeding was also marred by a war of words between Vakil and Bhatt, with both accusing each other of masquerading.

Bhatt asked how Vakil could masquerade as an advocate of the state and added that had Vakil been an advocate of Modi, he would have understood.

"It is you, who is masquerading, it is your field," Vakil replied back. "You are Teesta Setalvad masquerading as Sanjeev Bhatt," Vakil shot back.

It was only when the Commission intervened that both of them stopped alleging against each other.

During the questioning by Vakil on Bhatt's affidavit filed in the apex court, the IPS officer mostly answered in 'do not want to answer' or 'it is available in state records'. Some questions were answered only in 'yes' or 'no'.

The questioning of Bhatt, after being summoned by the Commission on May 16, completed today.

Besides the state government, Bhatt was also questioned by NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), Congress party and Central Relief Committee.

The questioning of Bhatt was marred by application by Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), challenging the questioning of Bhatt by state government and other parties. JUH has claimed that question of Bhatt was against the Commission of Inquiry Act and all the records related to that proceedings should be deleted.

JUH's plea was however, rejected by the Commission last month, following which the organisation has approached the Gujarat High Court.

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