TNN | Jun 25, 2014, 09.49 AM IST
Last week, the 2002 riots probe panel moved the HC against its order directing it to supply all intelligence bureau (IB) documents to Bhatt for inspection, irrespective of their status of being ‘classified’. When the HC asked the commission’s counsel why the probe panel should feel aggrieved of the directions, the commission had no reply, and it did not press for recall of the HC order. But, the commission’s counsel told HC that it was not aware of the order passed on October 14, 2013 and it was not supplied to the commission either by Bhatt or by the government.
Bhatt has dashed of a letter to Nanavati commission saying that its lawyer deliberately misled the HC. He has also annexed a received copy of his letter written to the commission on October 21, 2013, with which he sent the HC order to the commission.
Bhatt has requested the commission to take “necessary and appropriate measures to clarify the misrepresentation made before the high court” on June 12, 2014 during the hearing of its review petition, which took place last week.
In this case, the Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Bhatt had moved HC in 2012 after the state government refused to supply the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau’s (SIB) documents pertaining to the 2002 riots so that he could depose as a witness. After a couple of litigations, the HC passed specific order to the commission to give all documents to Bhatt, and the commission of inquiry unsuccessfully went into the review petition.
Bhatt had alleged in 2009 in an affidavit before the Supreme Court that then chief minister Narendra Modi had asked the bureaucrats and top cops to go slow on the rioters in a meeting convened at his residence on Febraury 27, 2002 evening.