In a new book, RK Raghavan, the head of the SIT probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, has said that Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of the state at that time, during the nine-hour-long inquiry, was constantly calm and composed and asked about 100 He answered every one of the questions. During this time he did not even take a cup of tea from the investigators.
Raghavan has written in his autobiography ‘A Road Well Traveled’ that Modi readily agreed to come to the SIT office in Gandhinagar for questioning and that he had himself brought a bottle of water. Raghavan had also been the head of the CBI, the premier investigative agency, before becoming the head of the SIT (Special Investigation Team) set up by the Supreme Court to probe the Gujarat riots. He was also involved in the investigation of cases related to the Bofors scam, the 2000 South Africa cricket-match fixing case of the year and the fodder scam.
Raghavan in his book mentions the time when the SIT called Modi as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat for questioning. Raghavan wrote that we had told his staff that he (Modi) would have to come to the SIT office himself for this purpose and meeting elsewhere would be seen as favoritism. Raghavan said, “He (Modi) understood the spirit of our stand and readily agreed to come to the SIT office inside the government premises in Gandhinagar.”
The former police authority said that in an “unusual move”, he asked SIT member Ashok Malhotra to interrogate him so that the latter could not face a ‘mischievous allegation of an agreement between him and Modi’. Raghavan said, “The move was endorsed by nobody else but justice friend Harish Salve after months. He told me that my presence would have affected the credibility.”
The retired IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre said that it was his personal decision, which was from the inner. He was also appointed High Commissioner in Cyprus in 2017. Raghavan said, “The questioning of Modi lasted for nine hours in my room at the SIT office. Malhotra later told me that Modi remained calm and composed during the interrogation that ended late at night.”
Raghavan said, “He (Modi) did not sulk in response to a question…. When Malhotra asked him if he would like to take a break for lunch, he initially turned it down. That bottle of water He brought himself and during the long questioning, he did not even accept a cup of tea from the SIT. ”
Raghavan said that Modi had to make a lot of persuasion to agree to a short break. Praising Modi’s energy level, Raghavan said that he was ready for a short break but he agreed to see Malhotra in need of relief instead of himself. The SIT filed a closure report in February 2012 in which Modi and 63 others were given a clean chit. They also included many senior government officials. He said there was “no legal evidence” against him.
The former CBI director also said in his book that the Gujarat riots investigation by the SIT formed on the orders of the Supreme Court was “professional”. He said the SIT had a “clear stand” on the role of the chief minister, which was distasteful to him (Modi’s opponent) in the state and Delhi. Raghavan said, “He filed petitions against me, favoring the chief minister over me. charged up. There was speculation that he also misused central agencies to monitor my telephone conversations. However, they were disappointed to find nothing. “
Jafri case of favor was also mentioned
Raghavan said without naming anyone that it was unfortunate that he was the target of those who were instigated by people in high positions in Delhi. Referring to the Ehsan Jafri case, he said that there was no record to prove that the Congress MP had tried to contact the Chief Minister by phone.
What did Raghavan say on Sanjeev Bhatt?
Raghavan said, “Many others, including Sanjeev Bhatt, had alleged that the Chief Minister directed the senior police officers present at the official meeting late night on 28 February 2002 that they should not interfere if Hindu sentiments rose.” Once again there was no fact to corroborate the allegation. “Raghavan took over as the head of SIT in early 2008 and held the post for nine years till April 30, 2017.