Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv R. Bhatt in
an affidavit has alleged before the Supreme Court that probe reports on the
2002 post-Godhra riot cases were forwarded by a state government
law officer to an RSS man who used them to help riot- accused
chalk out their defence, a media report said.
support his charge that politicians in connivance with state
government functionaries were engaged in a cover- up operation to
secretly help the accused in riot cases Bhatt has annexed a number
of hacked emails.
According to Mailtoday, Bhatt in his affidavit, has pointed out that email
exchanges showed that reports by the apex court- appointed Special
Investigation Team ( SIT) with regard to the probe into nine major
cases of riots were sent to additional advocate general Tushar
Mehta last year from a state government email.
Mehta allegedly forwarded the reports — purportedly
sent to him by under secretary ( home) Vijay Badekha — to RSS
ideologue Gurumurthy Swaminathan who in turn prepared a note on
the basis of the reports and sent it to lawyers appearing for the
accused before the Supreme Court.
Gurumurthy, on his part, denied being part of any
such operation. “I have never received any email pertaining to
the ongoing SIT probe from Tushar Mehta or anyone,” Mailtoday
quoted him as saying said.
He laughed when asked whether he was a recipient of
information about the sensitive probe that threatens chief
minister Narendra Modi.
“Reports to the contrary are mere
concoctions. I cannot recollect having received any such email,”
Meanwhile, Bhatt has annexed another series of
emails showing an attempt to help a chargesheeted accused in the
Gulbarga Society massacre allegedly with the connivance or support
of CM Modi himself, the report claimed.
The IPS officer alleged that Mehta had himself
prepared a draft petition for the chargesheeted accused who had
approached the apex court for relief and had even kept the chief
minister’s office in the loop.
Pointing to the email exchanges, Bhatt said Mehta
had sent a draft petition — to be filed before the SC — to the
lawyers of the chargesheeted accused in Delhi on April 4, 2010.
Mehta prepared a reply affidavit to be filed before
the apex court on behalf of the Gulbarga accused and forwarded a
copy to the principal secretary to the chief minister on April 15,
Mehta also forwarded a copy of the petition and the
affidavit by the accused to Gurumurthy.
The email exchanges, which Bhatt claimed to have
hacked as part of his duty to obtain intelligence with regard to
commission of offences, showed that most affidavits filed on
behalf of the state government passed through Gurumurthy.
“The most objectionable aspect is that Sri Tushar
Mehta has on one hand drafted the affidavit to be filed by the
accused and on the other hand has also prepared the state’s
affidavit in reply to the accused’s affidavit,’’ Mailtoday quoted
Bhatt as saying in his