Apex court should take cognisance of Gujarat action

August 11th, 2011 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) With the Gujarat government’s action against another senior police officer for passing information to a panel probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Congress Thursday said the Supreme Court should take serious cognisance of it.

“The government is doing everything so that facts about the Gujarat massacre remain buried forever,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari.

“We had earlier pointed out that allegations made by Sanjiv Bhatt (senior Gujarat police officer) are extremely serious in nature because they deal with obstructionist justice,” he added.

Senior police officer Rahul Sharma is being hauled up for passing on, without official clearance, information to the Nanavati judicial inquiry commission probing the 2002 Godhra train carnage and the state-wide communal riots that followed.

Tiwari said that in the wake of action on Sharma, the apex court must take serious cognisance.

Posted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), armed units, with its headquarters in Rajkot, Sharma is set to be chargesheeted for violation of the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat is trying to suppress people’s opinion.

Earlier this week, Sanjiv Bhatt was suspended from service by the state government.

He had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming he was present at a meeting summoned by Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on the night after the Godhra train carnage where the signal for action against Muslims was allegedly given.

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