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IPS officer told to destroy evidence about Haren Pandya murder case

Wednesday September 28, 2011 06:08:25 PM, Agencies

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Ahemdabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt September 27 filed an affidavit in the Gujarat High Court alleging that Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his former Minister of State for Home, Amit Shah, had repeatedly tried to pressure him to withdraw his report and destroy the documentary evidence which he had placed on record regarding the murder of the former Minister, Haren Pandya.

“Failing to persuade me either to withdraw my report or destroy the very important documentary evidences regarding the role of certain highly placed State functionaries/politicians and senior police officers in the killing of Haren Pandya, I was removed from the post of Superintendent of Police in-charge of the Sabarmati central jail and was kept without a posting for over two-and-a-half months,” The Hindu quoted him as saying in the affidavit.


Bhatt had earlier claimed that it was Tulsiram Prajapati, the close aide of the fake encounter victim Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who had actually pulled the trigger on Haren Pandya, who was killed in the morning of March 26, 2003.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday told the Supreme Court Amit Shah was the "commander of crime syndicate with some officials of state police as its foot soldiers" who would eliminate crucial witnesses in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout.

Haren Pandya murder case had acquired political overtones after his family kept claiming that it was a political murder. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which investigated the case had arrested 15 people out of the 19 named as accused.

In his affidavit, Bhatt said he had collected “very important documentary evidences” regarding the roles of some “highly placed functionaries, politicians and others” and forwarded the same to Shah without realising that the Minister would not appreciate it.

Bhatt claimed that he was told by Shah to “immediately withdraw the report and destroy the unsavoury documentary evidence.”


But rather than carry out the instructions, he thought it prudent to send another report along with copies of the documentary evidences, directly addressed to the Minister of State for Home, “thereby placing on record the telephonic conversation and also ensuring that the said crucial evidence was not disregarded or destroyed by interested parties.”

Bhatt in his affidavit claimed that both Modi and Shah were “highly disturbed and agitated” by his act, whereby the evidence was “kept on record despite their instructions to the contrary.”

But “despite strong and coercive persuasion, the petitioner, being duty-bound, refused to connive in or facilitate the act of withdrawing and/or destroying the communication sent by me in my capacity as the Superintendent of Police in-charge of Sabarmati Central Prison,” Bhatt said in his affidavit.




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