Kutch: Three days after Senior IPS officer implicated Narendra Modi in the Godhra riots, another controversy has come to haunt him. A suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma on Monday alleged that during the riots he received a call from Modi office asking him to tell his brother, IPS officer Kuldeep Sharma, to not take action against rioters.

Pradeep, who was municipal commissioner of Jamnagar during the 2002 post-Godhra riots and is presently in jail in a land scam case, has made the allegation in a letter to Special Investigation Team (SIT) chairman R K Raghavan and has offered to depose before the agency.

"I had received a phone call from the Chief Minister's Office stating that I should ask my brother K N Sharma, then posted as IGP Ahmedabad range, that he should abstain from
taking any proactive measures in favour of the minorities," Pradeep has said.

In the letter, he has expressed his readiness to reveal before the SIT the name of the officer who had called him from Modi's office.

Pradeep's brother Kuldeep Sharma has been fighting a legal battle against the state government for degrading his ranking in his annual confidential report (ACR). He recently obtained a stay to the ACR from the Central Administrative Tribunal.

He has alleged that Modi is trying to thwart his career prospects because when he was the state CID (crime) chief, his actions in some cases irked the ruling BJP. Kuldeep is now on a deputation to the Central government.

Recently, a senior IPS officer filed an affidavit on April 22 alleging that the Gujarat CM had allowed Hindus to "vent their anger" during the 2002 clashes. Bhatt, who was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the riots, said in the affidavit that he had attended the February 27 meeting called by Modi where he asked officers to be "indifferent" to the rioters.

Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, is presently posted as principal of the State Reserve Police (SRP) training centre in Junagadh district.

Agencies