Modi govt targets whistleblower cop: TV

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 13:41 hrs

A whistleblower cop in Gujarat 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, a national news channel reported.

An NDTV report said soon a chargesheet will be filed against IPS officer Rahul 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 was doctored.

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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