Gujarat home department has made a clarification on the issue of destruction of Intelligence Bureau records related to 2002 riots, saying that all crucial records were intact and available.

Only some of the records or data which were of temporary nature or those classified to be destroyed after five or 10 years under the rules of the department have been destroyed, it said.

Senior counsel S.B. Vakil, representing the state government before Nanavati Commission which is probing the 2002 riots, had last month told reporters that telephone call records, officers’ movement registers and vehicle log books of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) pertaining to the period of 2002 riots were destroyed in 2007, as per government rules.

“The SIB records pertaining to communications that took place during the 2002 riots have been classified as of permanent nature and have not been destroyed and are available,” a home department official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“These records are preserved permanently… there are other records which are of temporary nature and are deemed to be destroyed in one year, five years, 10 years or 30 years time as per their classification,” he said.

The official said that advocate Vakil seems to have been misquoted or misinterpreted.