The former Gujarat Urban Development Minister and the state BJP vice-president, I. K. Jadeja, was again questioned for over two hours on Friday by the Supreme Court – appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into some of the gruesome carnage during the 2002 communal riots in the state.
It was the second time that Mr. Jadeja was summoned by the SIT in connection with the riot cases. He was earlier grilled by the SIT in November, 2009.
He was apparently summoned again by the SIT because of the recent Supreme Court's directive to the SIT to consider whether further investigation was required in the Gulberg Society and other massacre cases in the State.
Mr. Jadeja, a close confidant of Chief Minister Naendra Modi was alleged to have taken “control” of the State police control room along with another former Minister, Ashok Bhatt, who died in December, last year, on the fateful day on February 28, 2002, when the State witnessed gruesome massacres in the aftermath of the Godhra train carnage the previous day.
It was alleged that while Bhatt had taken “charge” of the police movements in Ahmedabad, Mr. Jadeja who was sitting in the office of the State Director General of Police was issuing “orders” about police deployment in different parts of the State. What transpired during the questioning by the SIT was not known, but it was believed that Mr. Jadeja was in possession of some vital information about the police movement on the “Gujarat Bandh” day in view of the allegations that the police deployment was deliberately delayed in the riot-hit areas to “allow the Hindus to vent their anger” against the train carnage.
The former Additional Director General of Police, R. B. Shreekumar, in his affidavits both before the G. T. Nanavati – Akshay Mehta Judicial Enquiry Commission and the SIT mentioned about Mr. Jadeja's role during the riots.