Gujarat HC wants riots panel to clarify IPS officer's status

Gujarat HC wants riots panel to clarify IPS officer's status

The direction was given by a Division Bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice J B Pardiwala while hearing a petition of Jamiat-Ulma-Ae-Hind (JUH), challenging a Commission order that rejected its plea opposing Bhatt's cross -examination by the State Government and other parties.

On June 22, the probe panel had rejected the JUH plea, saying it was "devoid of merits".
Today when the matter came up for hearing, the Chief Justice asked the Government to find out from the Commission if they had called Bhatt, who was DCP (State Intelligence Bureau) in 2002, as a witness or not.

The court also refused to grant a stay, sought by the JUH, on proceedings of the Commission where cross-examination of Bhatt by the State Government was on.

JUH counsel K G Vakahria told the court that the panel itself had stated in its June 22 order that Bhatt, who has made serious allegations against Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the riots, was not a witness.

The HC, however, said let them hear it from the Commission and scheduled the next hearing on July 8.

JUH, in its petition, had sought quashing of the riots inquiry panel's order rejecting their application challenging Bhatt's cross-examination, alleging it was contrary to the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act.

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