R. B. SREEKUMAR IPS (Retd.) Sreelekshmideepam,
Plot No.193, Sector – 8,
Gandhinagar – 382 008
Request for providing adequate and effective security to Shri Sanjiv R. Bhatt (IPS 1998), Principal SRPF Training College, Junagadh.
Media reports indicated that Shri Sanjiv Bhatt IPS, DIG SRPF Training College, Junagadh, had filed an Affidavit relating to SIT investigation on the complaint by Smt. Ahsan Jafri against Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, senior politicians and bureaucrats in the Apex Court of India.
2/- Reportedly, Shri Bhatt’s Affidavit contained vital evidence incriminating and damaging to Shri Narendra Modi, viz. Shri Modi in the meeting chaired by him on 27.02.2002 evening giving many instructions in violation of the letter, spirit and ethos of the Constitution of India and other laws of the land. Earlier, the late Shri Haren Pandya, the former State Minister, who submitted similar information to the Citizens Tribunal, headed by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, had been assassinated in suspicious circumstances. It is learnt that police protection provided to Shri Bhatt has been withdrawn recently, without assigning any reason.
3/- It is pertinent to note that Shri Sanjiv Bhatt, who served the State Intelligence Bureau, during my tenure as Additional Director General of Police, (ADGP) Intelligence from 9.4.2002 to 18.9.2002 was quite successful to collect many advance intelligence inputs on the communal situation, in those disturbed days in Gujarat, and disseminating these to concerned persons. I had even appended copies of 12 such reports in my First Affidavit to the Justice Nanavati Commission on 15.7.2002 and 2 in my Second Affidavit to the Commission on 6.10.2004. Copies of these Affidavits were submitted to SIT Officer Shri V.V. Chaudhary, Supdt. of Police, State Intelligence Bureau, Gujarat State, during recording of my deposition in July – August 2009. The relevant material may kindly be seen.
4/- Shri Sanjiv Bhatt was transferred untimely out of SIB on 18.09.2002 along with me, reportedly for submitting a report by me, to the State Government, on a controversial speech with communal over tone delivered by Shri Narendra Modi in Mehsana District, during his Gaurav Yathra in Ist week of September 2002. Shri Bhatt had assisted me in preparing translation of the speech from Gujarati to English language.
5/- The activists of the Sangh Parivar and over-zealous fans of Shri Narendra Modi are likely to nurture severe ill-will and hatred against Shri Sanjiv Bhatt for revealing information adversely affecting the image of Shri Narendra Modi, which would even result in the initiation of criminal prosecution against him. So I deeply feel that Shri Sanjiv Bhatt and his family should be provided with adequate and effective security cover, after proper and comprehensive threat assessment urgently.
6/- Further, he deserves police support / protection as per the witness protection scheme ordered by the Honourable Supreme Court for the witnesses of the communal riot cases, being investigated by the SIT, under your supervision
( R. B. Sreekumar )
Dr. R. K. Raghavan, IPS Retd.,
Chairman SIT, Block No.11,
Jivaraj Mehta Bhavan,
Gandhinagar – 382 010.
Copy w.cs.to : - For kind information and necessary action.
1) The Registrar General,
Hon. Supreme Court of India,
New Delhi – 110 001
2) The Chairman,
The National Human Rights Commission,
New Delhi – 110 001
3) Shri Chittranjansingh IPS
Director General of Police,
Gujarat State, Police Bhavan, Gandhinagar.