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Updated: October 11, 2011 00:30 IST

Move against Bhatt smacks of vendetta: former Gujarat DGP

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Former Gujarat Director-General of Police P.G.J. Nampoothiri. Photo: K. K. Najeeb
Former Gujarat Director-General of Police P.G.J. Nampoothiri. Photo: K. K. Najeeb

“Things being done the wrong way… no justification for harassing his family”

The former Gujarat Director-General of Police and ex-Special Rapporteur to the National Human Rights Commission, P.G.J. Nampoothiri, has said the moves of the Narendra Modi government against IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt smacked of vendetta.

Mr. Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging that Mr. Modi had, in a meeting on February 27, 2002, asked officials not to act against rioters during the Godhra carnage. The IPS officer was arrested after a constable, who had worked under him during the riots, filed an FIR for allegedly threatening him and making him sign a false affidavit.

“A minor case”

“This is a clear case of harassing Bhatt. Even according to the FIR, it is a minor case and he, especially being a senior officer, should not be detained for so many days. Things are being done the wrong way. There is no justification for harassing Bhatt's family,” the former DGP said.

He welcomed disclosures about the riots by the likes of Mr. Bhatt. “It will help us understand what really happened during the riots.”

He criticised the Modi government for reportedly not having implemented the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission that studied the post-riot conditions in Gujarat.

“Had the recommendations been implemented, the quest of the victims for justice would have gathered force. The NHRC had recommended that five cases [Godhra, Best Bakery, Sardarpura, Naroda Patiya and Gulberg Society] be investigated by the CBI. The other 4,252 cases too required meticulous investigation,” he said.

Mr. Nampoothiri worked for the Gujarat Police for 34 years. He settled in Thrissur after his retirement in 1998.

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I do agree with ex.DGP,If any Govt.servant on chair ask or do something against political boss,he will face problem,wait Rahul Sharma still in chair,when he will file affidavit against govt.he will be in jail,police or judiciary are more responsible for delayed action,Tarikh pe Tarikh & thing become worsen,Can any one ask how much our tax money is wasted for "Sadbhavna"or one day fast???Ask and face problem,Is it Democracy?

from:  Rajiv
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011 at 06:09 IST

I am not pro Modi, If at all the allegations of Mr. Bhatt is true then
Modi should not be tolerated as CM. As CM he was responsible for safety
of his state, which he failed to do. Modi was CM first then a Hindu.
But, someone can please explain what happened to those convicted in
Godhra train burning case...

from:  Amit
Posted on: Oct 12, 2011 at 13:17 IST

Any person, who can kill another human being, based on simply his/her religion/race/caste/color, without even knowing the person, can't be human. Any person who encourages any such killings is surely not human. Any one who condones such killing(s) based on any excuse, certainly can't be counted in the human race. All those who condone, encourage, exploit and do not speak up against communal killings/ crimes against humanity do not deserve to be called human beings. Any politician who uses innocent people to kill each other on the name of God/religion to grab political power is not even sub human. People who call such a sub human as a hero are worst than this sub human.... . Life and diversity of race, religion and cultures is precious and >makes life rich. Civil rights Attorney

from:  Bharti
Posted on: Oct 12, 2011 at 09:08 IST

Can anyone provide argument for not investigating an allegation, a police officer in service, has leveled against a government he works for? Most of the responses to Nampoothiri's reflection show how basic norms of justice have become clouded with shortsighted opinions about politicians and political parties. That an incident in the past has not been investigated is no reason for not acting on the one at hand; that one has not spoken so far is no reason that the person should remain muted forever. It is disheartening to see the extent of apathy of the Indian mind! What Nampoothiri has said, the requirement for independent investigation, is what is lacking about the Gujarat incident and in many other cases thus far. What is required is a comprehensive change of the country's policing system. Bhatt's case is one more call for it, for which the country's police should show their honesty to demand the change that the institution deserves.

from:  Bijo Francis
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 22:22 IST

Here everyone is favouring Modi regime and the communal Roit of Gujarat. Let me say that the Modi has not told this word. Why the Police officer did not act on the Riot. Were they waiting for an order from the state or central govt. Why to blame the state govt alone and what should be the action of the president and the court after seeing the video footages. it is very clear that both the govt were responsible. It is really shameful to support such govt. Here i am not proud that i am an indian. Where is the democracy?

from:  sathak
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 14:54 IST

Communal Riots of similar magnitude took place in Gujarat in the year 1969 when Congress Party was ruling in Gujarat and in the center.None speak about 1969 riot.WHY?

from:  B.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 12:54 IST

Certainly the action taken by Gujarat Govt. is not appreciable. But here, Supreme Court and other high authority should directly question Mr. Bhatt on his silence for 8 Years. Let's say that Mr. Modi organized a meeting and asked all IAS/IPS not to take any action, what was the moral duty and responsibility of an IAS/IPS.? Why didn't they reported such orders to centre or president.? Why did they silently listened to those orders and be silent.? If Mr. Bhatt is correct then he should be punished first for being silent for so many years.

from:  Vasant Parmar
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 11:49 IST

@jayachandran... if they speak while on the duty especially against the current regime., their fate also like mr. bhatt ips., not only the police force., even everybody, even u and i wont speak against our boss & our company

from:  sayeed
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 11:42 IST

While in sevice it is always, yours obediently. They will never speak on any omissions or commissions. They do not have the courage to think or talk or make statement against anybody in the Govt, they serve. Once retired, all of them speak in one voice.

from:  jayachandran menon
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 10:05 IST

Why he is silent for 7 years and started barking now? The evil designs against wishes of gujarat people & misuse of central organisations is on going.

from:  BVS Manyam
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 08:52 IST

there is no proof of any harassment to his family, , use Facts not biased , baseless allegation.

from:  sam
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 05:36 IST

Some one correctly said Modi's fast is not Sadbhavana but Dushbhavana. Even as Chief Minister of a State he victimizes an IPS officer if he becomes the Prime Minister no question of dissent. People who want to know how the rule of RSS would be may watch >mutely the way in which Modi victimizes Bhatt and See the true colors of RSS. The widow of Hiren Pandey has to remind Advaniji about his assurance during his Rath Yathra in Gujarat. At least he should ensure that her grievance against surveillance of her house is redressed and her familly's privacy is restored. Let us wait and see the what Advaniji does. The SIT has not come out with it's conclusions on Amicus curie's report and the Trial court is yet to decide the question whether or not all persons named in the complaint including Modi are to be prosecuted ,as the Supreme Court has left it open to the Trial Court to decide. I do not as to why BJP's Senior Lawyers are advising Modi on legal position. Let us wait and see.

from:  N.Thirunavukkarasu
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 03:56 IST

Dear Mr Retired DGP - law should deal with same stick iirespective seniority. Senior people should harsher punishment if they misuse their power or status. To improve law and order india , powerful people , misusing their power should get the maximum punishment. Please stop using sentecne like Senior people. In eye of law or our constitution an IPS officer or a constable have similar status.

from:  Ram Ghasil
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011 at 02:25 IST
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