Bhatt did not attend Modi meet, says ex-home secy
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Former Gujarat home secretary K Nityanandam and former additional principal secretary to the Chief Minister Anil Mukim have denied that IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt was present at the meeting at CM Narendra Modi's residence on the night of February 27, 2002.
Appearing before Nanavati-Mehta Commission on Monday, the two senior officiers denied Bhatt's allegations that Modi issued "specific instructions" to the police top brass to go soft on Hindu mobs. The two were among those who attended the meeting at Modi's residence, after the Godhra train-burning incident.
Nityanandan stated that Modi had not issued any specific instructions, and had only discussed the law and order situation. Mukim also said he was not aware of any specific instructions being issued to the police officers.
When Mukim was specifically asked if he knew Bhatt, he said he had met him but could identify him. This suggested that Bhatt was not present at the meeting.
While denying Bhatt's presence at the meeting, Nityanandan also said neither then Minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadafia or any other minister or then Joint Secretary (Home) Prakash Shah were present.
The officers said then principal chief secretary to CM P K Mishra, then additional chief secretary (Home) Ashok Narayan, then DGP K Chakravarthi, then acting chief secretary S K Verma and then Ahmedabad police commissioner P C Pande were present.
Nanavati panel may also summon Modi
The G T Nanavati-Akshay Shah Commission hinted on Monday that Chief Minister Narendra Modi may also be summoned. "The only person left to be cross-examined after I K Jadeja, a former minister, is CM Narendra Modi," said Justice Nanavati. Jadeja is scheduled to appear before the commission on September 5.