Sunday May 1, 2011
The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguard India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed deep concern at the reported withdrawal of security for IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt, and at the prejudiced role played by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) team appointed by the Honorable Supreme Court.
Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt, IPS, DIG SRPF Training College, Junagadh, had filed affidavit(s) regarding the SIT’s investigation of Ms. Zakia Jafri’s case against Mr. Narendra Modi and other officials. Mr. Bhatt’s affidavit reportedly contains vital evidence that incriminates Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Bhatt’s testimony regarding Mr. Modi’s instructions to allow anti-Muslim violence to continue unabated, has already been adequately corroborated. Mr. Modi and his associates had claimed that Mr. Bhatt was not present during the February 27, 2002, meeting. However, Mr. Bhatt’s driver has already confirmed that he had driven Mr. Bhatt to the meeting with Mr. Modi, and had waited for him till the meeting ended.
Further, Director General of Police R.B. Sreekumar, IPS (Retd), in his deposition before the State Government’s Nanavati commission, had also filed affidavit(s) stating that Mr. Modi had clearly instructed the anti-Muslim violence to continue.
Earlier, Mr. Haren Pandya, a former State Minister, had submitted similar information to the Citizens Tribunal headed by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Haren Pandya was assassinated.
“Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt’s reported statements have been more than corroborated by three different people – a Director General of Police, a former State Minister, and his official government driver. Further, there is clear, present, and imminent danger to Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt’s life, and to the lives of his family members,” said Shaheen Khateeb, President, IAMC.
Therefore, the Indian American Muslim Council urges the honorable Supreme Court to immediately offer ample and effective security to Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt, and his family members. We also request that the Honorable Supreme Court look closely at the reported nefarious role played by the SIT team investigating this case, and take meaningful measures to ensure that justice prevails in Ms. Zakia Jafri’s case.
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