vii. Subversion of the Criminal Justice System:
Subservient Policemen and Bureaucrats
In August 2004,
Rahul Sharma submitted a critical piece of evidence, a CD containing the
cellphone call records of BJP leaders and senior police officials, to the
Nanavati-Shah Commission. This has not been probed by the State
Government at all. Investigations have been conducted solely by
citizens rights groups, to some extent by the Jansangharsh Manch and then
in far greater probilty and detail by the Citizens for Justice and Peace
In the two years prior
to 2004 the investigating officers in these cases simply did not probe
into the contents of this CD, which clearly suggests that they had
received clear-cut instructions not to investigate the role of ministers,
MLAs and leaders of the VHP and Bajrang Dal in the violence.
It was only in
2008-2009, after the Supreme Court began a rigorous monitoring of the
cases, that some powerful accused were included in the charge-sheet.
Significant among there are VHP Gujarat Secretary Dr Jaideep Patel and
then Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Dr Maya Kodnani, both Doctors
Continuing Subersion by the Government of Gujarat
by the CBI, which investigated the Bilkees Bano case, the state’s home
department under Narendra Modi did not initiate departmental action
against Jadeja, the then SP of Dahod district, for gross misconduct and
destruction of evidence in this case. Aided by state-appointed doctors,
the police officer had worked hard to destroy evidence of the murder of
Bilkees’s daughter, Saleha, and sought to bury her body without proper
Police Control Room
Records, Station Diary Entries and Other Vital Documents are sid to be
“destroyed” by the State of Gujarat even while the Supreme Court was
monitoring the cases. Even former parliamentarian Ahsan Jafri’s phone
records have been “destroyed.”
What does the government of Gujarat have to hide?
Locations of the Powerful on the Day of the Massacre
1000 hours and 1500 hours on 28.2.2002
I) CP PC
Pande is shown in the Shahibaug Kedar Towers
where he could have visited Gulberg Society
Gondia despite several emergency calls is out of his Zone of
III) Accused MLA Maya Kodnani is in the Naroda area at 9.36 a.m. and then
again right from 12 noon to 1648 hours
IV) Accused Jaideep Patel is also in the
Naroda area from
10.11 am to
11.18 a.m. after which he dashed to the Vishal Diamond Factory area where
it is believed that a high level meeting took place
Babu Bajrangi is also in the Naroda area from 9.36 a.m. to 14.34 p.m.
13.54 -14.54 p.m. both Addl CP Shivanand Jha and Amit Shah are in the
location of Bhavan’s College, Shahpur and Paradise, Nr Mirzapur Circle
one Phone Number of the CMO shows Calls during his critical period
(Massacre Time)—OP Singh at 1.03 p.m. located in or around Sakkar II, Opp
Town Hall. Were all CMO numbers that were Traceable Through the Whole Day
Switched off at this Critical Time?
POST THE KILLING
1500 hours and 17.30 hours on 28.2.2002
3.55 p.m. to 5.10 p.m. DGP Chakravarti is located in or around Shahibaug
Kedar Towers (near the Shahibaug Control Room or the Circuit House Annexe
where a Top Level Meeting took place).
Mishra PS to the CM is also located here between 4.19 p.m. and 5.27 p.m.
Mukhim Additional Principal Secretary to the CM is also located here
between 4.09 and 4.59 p.m.
Mehta, PA to the CM is also located here between 15.50 and 17.45 p.m.
(This area could also cover Gulberg/Naroda)
Thakkar also from the CMO is in this area between 5.25 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Kodnani is also here between 4.14-4.44 p.m. and before that she is at
Kailash Complex Naroda (3.16 p.m.-4.05 p.m.
Between 3.41 p.m. and 5.36 p.m Babu Bajrangi‘s call records also show him
to be located in or around Kailash Complex Naroda.
Singh Pa to the CM is also here at Shahibaug at 4.05 p.m.
Bhavsar, OSD to the CM is also in the same area, Shahibaug Kedar Towers
between 4.10 p.m.-5.28 p.m.
15.50 p.m. to 17.16 AP Patel, PA to the CM is also in this area.
4.16-5.23 a.m. Ashok Bhatt then health Minister is also in this area
(could be in the Control Room or Annexe).
3.56 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. IK Jadeja Minister is also shown to be here.
3.55 to 4.06 p.m. Ashok Narayan, ACS Home is also shown to be in this
1730 hours and 1930 hours on 28.2.2002
7.24 P.M. onwards Harsh Brahmbutt part of the CMO is located at Kailash
Complex Naroda and Shayona Plaza
Meghaninagar (Tehelka’s Operation Kalank had caught Suresh Langda Chara
an accused on camera stating that the Chief Minister had visited the
Naroda area around this time and garlanded the men who had committed the
rapes and killings
17.31 to 17.22 hours Babu Bajrangi is within the Kailash Complex area
Singh PA to the CM is also here at 17.37 hours and AP Patel PA to the CM
is also here around 17.35 p.m.
IV) Amit Shah is also in the vicinity of Shahibaug Kedar
19.27 p.m. and Health Minister Ashok Bhatt and BJP State President
Rajendra Singh Rana too
PLANNING FOR ROUND TWO
1930 hours and 2300 hours on 28.2.2002
Mehta PA to the CM is n and around the Premier House near Thaltej and then
around the Sambhav Building at Vastrapur
Kodnani is in and aound Shahibaug, Paradise, Near Mirzapur and in and
around Capri Hotel, Laldarwaza.
Accused Jaideep Patel is between the area of Vishal Diamond, Bapunagar and
Kailash Complex Naroda
Babu Bajrangi is between Kailash Complex, Naroda and Rajkamal Complex,
Brahmbutt, CMO is between Revji bhai Towersambaug and Vijay Complex