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Need formal direction to file affidavit, writes Bhatt

Source: PTI
December 07, 2011 21:36 IST
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Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Wednesday appealed to the Nanavati Commission to either formally summon him or direct him to file a detailed affidavit regarding the alleged role of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in undermining a petition filed by the social activist Mallika Sarabhai after 2002 riots.

Bhatt had last month made a similar request to the panel, probing the communal riots, when he was called during a hearing on an application moved by the danseuse.

Sarabhai had sought Bhatt's cross examination with regard to alleged role of Modi in sabotaging the court proceedings in Sarabhai's petition by allegedly bribing her lawyer.

"It has been time and again reiterated before the Honourable Commission that I am privy to these details as an Intelligence Officer and would therefore be able to disclose those details only when I am officially directed to appear and depose before the Honourable Commission and not otherwise," Bhatt said in his written request underlining his willingness to depose before the Nanavati Commission.

He requested the probe panel to summon and examine him regarding his allegation of the gross misuse of Secret Service

Funds of the state government by Modi for undermining the proceedings of Sarabhai's petition in 2002, or may direct him to file a detailed affidavit bringing out the relevant and germane facts within his knowledge.

Bhatt wrote to the Commission in reply to its letter of December 1, informing him that he was free to file a detailed affidavit with regard to Sarabahi's application.

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