Brushing aside Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt’s affidavit on CM Narendra Modi’s alleged role in the 2002 riots, BJP on Friday said some people in the state were involved in the “exercise of discovering falsehood”.
As Congress attacked Modi with renewed vigour in the light of Bhatt’s allegations, BJP took the line that no attempt should be made to undermine the existing institutions as the matter was already being probed by SIT under the eyes of the Supreme Court.
“In an affidavit filed by a police officer there can’t be a presumption that it is truthful. Some people in the state are involved in the exercise of discovering falsehood. Let the judicial mechanism look into it,” said senior leader Arun Jaitley in his reaction to the Bhatt’s affidavit before the Supreme Court. “You and I cannot be judge of what truthfully happened. Judicial mechanism is looking into it…let us leave it to that mechanism,” he said. Bhatt, however, has said that he has no faith in the SIT.
Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, too, said the party had full faith in the Supreme Court. “SIT probe into Gujarat riots is being monitored by the Supreme Court. It is important that we do not undermine established institutions,” she said.
Naming Modi in the affidavit, Bhatt is said to have alleged that the chief minister asked government officials to allow Hindus to give vent to their anger over the Godhra incident. Modi allegedly told senior police officers that this was the time to teach Muslims a lesson. TOI