New Delhi: Nine years after the Gujarat riots there's one more blow to Narendra Modi - this time from Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, whose allegations are embarrassing for Modi and the Special Investigating Team probing the Gujarat riot cases.
In an 18 page affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Bhatt who was then SP intelligence, alleges that he attended a meeting called by Modi on Feburary 27 2002 after the Godhra Train burning incident. The meeting influenced the police action in dealing with the communal violence that erupted.
In his affidavit Bhatt alleged that the Gujarat CM in that meeting supported the state wide bandh call given by the VHP. Modi expressed the view that emotions were running very high amongst the Hindus and they be allowed to vent their anger.
Bhatt has also alleged that he had no faith in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed to investigate the Gujarat riots and that the SIT is trying to hide the truth.
While, Modi has admitted to holding the meeting on the February 27 but has denied he made any comments to abet the communal riots. Now after Bhatt's allegations the BJP and Gujarat government say that Bhatt was not even present at the meeting on the February 27, 2002.
This is not for the first time that the impartiality of the Supreme Court appointed SIT has been questioned. Last year, the SC removed two Gujarat police officers as SIT members after allegations were leveled against them. And now with these fresh set of charges against SIT, the Supreme Court will be forced to examine the SIT findings critically.