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Sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt (File Photo: PTI)[/caption]
Sacked Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was rebuked for his conduct of contacting
opposition Congress party, NGOs and their activists to influence the Supreme Court which has said he has not come up with "clean hands" to question the lodging of criminal
cases against him.
The apex court dismissed his petitions seeking a court-monitored SIT probe in relation to the two FIRs against him for allegedly forcing his subordinate to file an affidavit in a 2002 riots case and hacking e-mail of a senior law officer, who is now an Additional Solicitor General.
His allegation was dubbed as totally "false and baseless" that the apex court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the 2002 Gujarat riots cases had been leaking very sensitive and confidential details.
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The top court noted in its judgement the contents of the e-mail exchanged by Bhatt, who was a high ranking officer, with an activist of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in which he
has "mentioned to create a situation so as to make it difficult for a 3-Judge Bench of this Court to disregard shortcomings of SIT and exerting pressure by the groups and
opinion makers in Delhi" in the case of Zakia Jafri seeking lodging of FIR against politicians and cops of Gujarat.
"It is apparent the petitioner had acted in deliberation and consultation with the leaders of rival political party, NGOs and had sent the e-mails to the effect that he was not
fully exploited by a counsel of the rival political party while his statement was being recorded before Justice Nanavati Commission.
"He had exchanged e-mails with rival political party leaders and was being tutored by the lawyer of NGO and its activist... Petitioner has used the media card, has even sent
the e-mails to influence the judicial proceedings of a 3-Judge Bench of this Court and has tried to influence the amicus curiae," a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and
Justice Arun Mishra said.
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The bench, which favoured investigation against the controversial IPS officer, took strong exception to Gujarat Police constable K D Panth being pressurised to sign an affidavit testifying that Bhatt had participated in a high-level meeting after the Godhra carnage.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday said Supreme Court judgement rejecting Sanjiv Bhatt's plea for SIT probe in 2002 riots has brought out the truth and confirmed its
apprehensions about Congress patronising pressure groups to defame Narendra Modi and Gujarat for years, and asked it to learn some lessons.
"Today it is a matter of great assurance for us," senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on the Supreme Court judgement, adding that it is regrettable and
unfortunate that the then serving IPS officer was allowing his office to be manipulated for pure partisan act of Congress party.
"We have been saying for years, how Congress party wanted to exploit some NGO, including manipulation of a section of the media, against Gujarat and Narendra Modi. Our apprehension has been upheld by the Supreme Court, which has cleared the air about this. We condemn all this as the truth has finally come out," he said.
Prasad added that Congress party has lost the elections repeatedly and they are going to lose in Bihar also. "But may be, the time has come that Congress party will learn some
lessons," he said.
"What is truly remarkable is the Supreme Court in its judgement has confirmed with positive evidence all the apprehensions we had for last so many years. Namely, there is a group, patronised by Congress party, of NGO's of selected bureaucrats, civil servants and police officers who are doing their bidding to defame the Gujarat government and Narendra
Modi and Amit Shah," he said.
Speaking about former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, he said, he was in close association with Congress party and was e-mailing it about the proceedings before Nanawati Commission.
"He was trying to manipulate a section of the media for his own extraneous purposes and what not, including colluding with the NGO of Teesta Setalvad. This is regrettable. This is
unfortunate," Prasad said.
On Congress's contention that neither it nor any NGO is part of the petition before the Supreme Court, Prasad said there is a proper judgement of the Supreme Court that said
Sanjiv Bhatt was sending his emails to Congress leaders.
"There is a clear finding. A serving police officer was exchanging emails with the Congress party. Is it not a fact that he was also conveying his misgivings to the Congress party that their lawyer did not ask proper questions in the Nanawati Commission. Is it not a fact that his wife contested as a Congress candidate. All this is at large," he said.