HC rejects whistleblower cop's petition

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 12, 2011 15:01 hrs

Ahmedabad, Aug 12 (IBNS) The Gujarat High Court on Friday rejected a writ petition filed by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Rahul Sharma seeking response why relevant documents were not given to him for his defence against a showcause notice served by Narendra Modi government in connection with the 2002 Godhra riots case.

Sharma, currently posted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), armed units, in Rajkot, had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) to reply to the showcause notice slapped on him in February.

The cop has been targetted by the Narendra Modi government for providing call record details related to 2002 Godhra riots to Nanavati Commission without the permission of the government.

An NDTV report said soon a chargesheet will be filed against Sharma for giving the call records that establish that between Feb 27 and March 4, 2002 rioters on the streets were in touch with policemen and politicians.

The channel reported that the state government has disputed the records alleging that they were inaccurate and that the CD given by Sharma, who was Deputy Commissioner of Police in Control Room at the time of the riots, was doctored.

Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, said: "The BJP government in Gujarat is stifling all opinion which goes against them."

Criticizing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said: "The Gujarat government is pulling out all stops to see that the truth about the Gujarat massacre remains buried forever. We had earlier pointed out that the allegations made by Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt are extremely serious in nature because they deal with travesty and obstruction of justice."

Earlier, a senior police official had angered the Modi government with his information to the Supreme Court.

The Gujarat government was helping those accused in the 2002 riots in the state to prepare their defence by leaking probe information, senior police officer Sanjiv Bhatt has alleged recently.

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Bhatt has provided emails that allegedly show that the Chief Minister Narendra Modi-led state government was sharing information with legal counsels of the some of accused, reports said.

Through a long string of hands, classified emails from the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed to probe the riots, eventually made their way to high profile lawyer Ram Jethmalani and his son, Mahesh, who represents Amit Shah, Bhatt reportedly said.

Shah, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who was the state's Home Minister during the riots, is being investigated for whether they misused government machinery during the riots.

The top cop claimed that the SIT emails were sent Additional Advocate General of Gujarat Tushar Mehta who forwarded them to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Gurumurthy Swaminathan who in turn sent them to the Jethmalani.

Mehta has also allegedly shared the emails with lawyers of other accused.

Earlier, in another affidavit filed in the apex court, the IPS officer had accused Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the riots that had left thousands dead.

In his affidavit, Bhatt named Modi in connection with the Godhra case and said the police 'blindly' followed the CM's instructions that led to the decline of law and order in the state.

He said Modi asked the police to remain 'indifferent' to the rioters.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the 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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