Gujarat riots: SC stays Bhatt proceedings

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 18:51 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 20 (IBNS) The Supreme Court on Friday stayed proceedings against suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt a chargesheet filed against him by Gujarat government in connection to the 2002 Gujarat riots case.

The Gujarat government had filed a chargesheet accusing Bhatt forced a constable to give ´false statements´ against Narendra Modi and said the IPS officer was present at the Chief Minister´s residence on February 27, 2002 when he allegedly directed the police for ´inaction´ during the riots.

The Gujarat cop has accused chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

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