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Setalvad Submits Phone-Call Records To Nanavati Commission

An NGO, headed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, submitted documents in Ahmedabad on Friday, containing phone-call records of Gujarat Chief Minister's office and police control room during 2002 riots to Nanavati Commission, which is probing
PTI May 14, 2010 21:17 IST
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An NGO, headed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, submitted documents in Ahmedabad on Friday, containing phone-call records of Gujarat Chief Minister's office and police control room during 2002 riots to Nanavati Commission, which is probing the communal violence.

In its application to the Commission, Setalvad, who heads the Mumbai-based Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP), has claimed that they have submitted crucial documentary evidence like phone-call records analysis, locational graphs, police control room records analysis.

She has also urged the Commission to summon some top officials of the Gujarat Police like then Ahmedabad city Commissioner P C Pande, Joint Commissioner of Police P M K Tondon, Additional Commissioner of Police Shivanand Jha among others.

Setalvad has also requested the Commission to call for questioning of nine officials of Chief Minister Narendra Modi's office, including his two personal assistants O P Singh, Tanmay Mehta and OSD Sanjay Bhavsar.

The Commission has already collected huge amount of data on phone-call records over eight years of probe. Setalvad said the purpose of submitting these records now was not to duplicate the previous data, but to bring forward certain aspects of the investigation which could be missing.

According to Teesta, the data submitted includes individual graphs of phone calls made and received by 44 persons, including nine persons from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

The analysis of the phone call records submitted by Setalvad claims that some Cabinet ministers at that time had called VHP leader Jaydeep Patel and former minister Maya Kodnani, who are accused in the riot cases.

These calls were made during February 27, 2002, after the Godhra train burning incident and on February 28, 2002, when large-scale communal riots broke out in the different parts of the state, she claimed.

Setalvad has claimed that even the Chief Minister's Office was in constant touch with some of the riot accused, besides top police officials during the riots. PTI