Recently, in the Part 1 of the series “Narendra Modi lied to SIT”, we wrote about Modi lied to SIT (Special Investigation Team) about him declaring that Godhra was a pre-planned act before any substantive investigation had taken place. We at TruthOfGujarat are analyzing the 71 Questions (PDF Copy) that were asked by SIT and answered by Modi. The aim of this series is to show how Narendra Modi lied to SIT during his interrogation and how SIT accepted all his lies as if they were conducting a ‘fixed’ interview for a news paper and not a criminal investigation.
Today we will focus on the important issue of two ministers who were present in the State Police Control Room in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad City Control Room in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad. The two ministers in question are late Shri Ashok Bhatt and Mr IK Jadeja who were suspected to have interfered in and adversely affected the police operations by influencing the Director General of Police (DGP) and Commissioner of Police (CP). Neither of these cabinet ministers had the Home Minister’s portfolio and hence were not authorized to instruct the police. The SIT team questioned Modi about this particular issue and Modi’s response can be seen below:
Q.27. Did you take a decision to allow Shri Ashok Bhatt and Shri I.K. Jadeja to sit in the State Control Room and Ahmedabad City Control Room, respectively which adversely affected the supervision of the riot situation by DGP and CP, Ahmedabad City respectively?
Ans. No such decision was taken and no such discussions took place in the meeting. Subsequently, I came to know about this allegation from media. However, I do not have any personal knowledge about the positioning of these two Ministers in the two Control Rooms.
The Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his response to the SIT claims that the decision to delegate two Cabinet Ministers to the 2 most important police control rooms in the state was not taken by him and he became aware of this aspect only from the media. First of all, it is quite baffling that a man who considers himself a great administrator and was the Chief Minister had no clue where his senior ministers were. Modi was neither aware of minister Maya Kodnani directing mobs to kill people nor was he aware that two of his cabinet ministers Ashok Bhatt and IK Jadeja, who had nothing to do with police administration, were manning the two most important police control rooms in the state. Modi’s ignorance about this issue is even more baffling since Modi himself held the cabinet portfolio of Home Minister and should have been in direct contact with the DGP and CP, in whose offices the two cabinet ministers were stationed.
Be that as it may was Narendra Modi, the great administrator, genuinely clueless about the whereabouts of his ministers? As it happens so often with Narendra Modi, he gets caught red-handed because he gives contrary views in different forums. In an interview given to Times of India, Narendra Modi actually admits that “it is a state tradition and a routine and regular exercise for senior ministers to monitor and coordinate the rescue and relief measures from the control rooms”. This interview was also published on Narendra Modi’s old website and hence its content cannot be denied.
Q. Two of your ministers are reported to have been in the Ahmedabad police control room when the riots broke out in Ahmedabad. What action do you plan against them?
A. It has always been a tradition in this state for senior ministers to monitor and co-ordinate the rescue and relief measures from the control rooms. This is treated as a routine and regular exercise. During the earthquake, ministers were actively coordinating the relief activities from the police control room. I feel distressed to see that this also is being twisted by the media, with the sole objective of maligning my government
First of all, in this response to the TOI question, Narendra Modi never claims that he was not aware of his ministers manning the Police Control room. In fact, he claims that it is part of the state tradition for ministers to man control rooms and is treated as a routine, regular excercise. He goes on to compare this issue of Ashok Bhatt and IK Jadeja manning the police control rooms to similar efforts in the past during the Gujarat Earth Quake. Modi’s own arguments make it abundantly clear that the two ministers who were present in the police control room were doing so as part of state’s ‘policy’ and he was fully aware that the ministers were present there.
In fact, if Ashok Bhatt’s phone call records, that were submitted to Nanavati Commission, are analyzed from 27th February 2002 to 4th March 2002, the period during which the maximum violence took place, we can see that while Ashok Bhatt was stationed at the Ahmedabad Police Control Room (corresponding to Mobile Tower at Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3), he had made several phone calls to Narendra Modi himself and his private staff that includes two OSDs (Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister) Sanjay Bhavsar and Tanmay Mehta. From the Ahmedabad Police Control room, Ashok Bhatt spoke 4 times with Narendra Modi through Modi’s private EPABX, 4 times with Sanjay Bhavsar and once with Tanmay Meta. In total during those 4 days when the maximum violence took place, Ashok Bhatt spoke 21 times with either Modi or Modi’s private staff. Chief Minister Narendra Modi now wants us to believe that he was not aware of his Cabinet Minister Ashok Bhatt’s whereabouts.
|Ashok Bhatt's Cell No||Dialed/Received No||Dialed/Received Name||Location||Call Date (mm/dd/yyyy)||Call Time|
|9825000836||9825039877||Omprakash Singh PA to Chief Minister||Kothari Tower,Sabermati.-1||2/27/2002||15:38:10|
|9825000836||9825039877||Omprakash Singh PA to Chief Minister||Kuber Nagar,Nr Sardar Nagar.-3||2/27/2002||15:42:22|
|9825000836||9825039877||Omprakash Singh PA to Chief Minister||SHAYONA PLAZA,MEHGANINAGAR-1||2/27/2002||15:48:39|
|9825023887||9825039877||Jaydeep Patel||Studio Building,Gota Chokdi,Ahmedabad-2||2/28/2002||09:17:08|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||07:53:50|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||07:55:34|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||PNr.Koba Circle,Gandhingr-Abad H/W.-2||3/2/2002||12:41:10|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||12:42:13|
|9825039877||9825000837||Tanmay Mehta OSD to Chief Minister||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||13:11:40|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||EKTA COMPLEX, REVDIBAZAR, AHMEDABAD-1||3/2/2002||11:09:21|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||13:01:46|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||13:27:01|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||13:55:53|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Sikhar Towers,Nr. Mithakhali,Abad.-2||3/2/2002||18:41:40|
|9825039877||9825037432||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Sikhar Towers,Nr. Mithakhali,Abad.-2||3/2/2002||18:52:13|
|9825039877||9825037439||Sanjay Bhavsar OSD to Chief Minister||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/2/2002||14:21:05|
|9825039877||9825000837||Tanmay Mehta OSD to Chief Minister||Kuber Nagar,Nr Sardar Nagar.-3||3/3/2002||09:05:17|
|9825039877||9825000837||Tanmay Mehta OSD to Chief Minister||Kothari Tower,Sabermati.-1||3/3/2002||09:56:24|
|9825039877||9825006729||Maya Kodnani (BJP)||PNr.Koba Circle,Gandhingr-Abad H/W.-2||3/3/2002||10:14:52|
|9825039877||793229085||Narendra Modi||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/4/2002||19:42:53|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||EKTA COMPLEX, REVDIBAZAR, AHMEDABAD-1||3/4/2002||11:51:02|
|9825039877||793232601||Narendra Modi EPABX||Kuber Nagar,Nr Sardar Nagar.-3||3/4/2002||20:22:34|
|9825039877||793232603||Narendra Modi EPABX||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/4/2002||11:59:57|
|9825039877||9825006729||Maya Kodnani (BJP)||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/4/2002||10:34:06|
|9825006729||9825039877||Maya Kodnani (BJP)||Shahibaugh Kedar Towers,C-105,Nr.Rajsthan Hospital.-3||3/4/2002||10:34:06|
Further if IK Jadeja’s phone calls are analyzed, he also spoke 5 times on 28th and 1st with Modi’s private staff.
So why is Narendra Modi lying about not knowing Ashok Bhatt’s whereabouts and his delegation to state police control room? The reason is simple – Ashok Bhatt was also speaking to the main accused of Naroda Patiya, Maya Kodnani, and the main accused of Naroda Gam, Jaydeep Patel, while he was supposedly ‘controlling’ the riot situation. This is how Modi lies and police investigators blindly accept his lies.