Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission, probing the 2002 Gujarat communal riots, has summoned five bureaucrats for questioning in connection with the deposition of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, officials said on Wednesday.

Those summoned as witnesses, include officers, who, according to Bhatt were present during the meeting called by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the evening of February 27, 2002.

Bhatt, who was posted as DCP in the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in April had alleged complicity of Modi and his administration in the post-Godhra riots that claimed over 1,000 lives.

The five officials summoned included Ashok Narayanan, a retired IAS officer who was Additional Chief Secretary in 2002 and the then DGP K Chakrabarthy (now retired) who have been asked to appear before the commission on August 9.

Retired IPS officer P C Pande, who was Ahmedabad Police Commissioner during the 2002 riots and K Nityanandam, who is Managing Director Gujarat Police Housing Corporation, have been summoned to appear before the panel on August 18, while Anil Mukim, who was Principal Secretary to Modi in 2002, and currently on the Central deputation, on August 29.

Out of the five bureaucrats, Narayanan, Charkabarthy and Pande have already been deposed before the commission, while statements of Mukim and Nityanandam would be recorded for the first time by the probe panel.

During his deposition before the commission on May 16, Bhatt was asked to recall other members who were present at the meeting held at Modi's residence on the evening of February 27, 2002. In his reply, Bhatt had named the then in-charge Chief Secretary Swarnakantha Verma, Narayanan, Pande, Nityanandam, Mukim and P K Mishra, PS to the Chief Minister.

The IPS officer had contended that when he and the then DGP, Chakrabarty, arrived at the meeting the aforesaid officials were already present there.

Bhatt, during his deposition before the commission, had stuck to the statement he had made in his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.

Bhatt stated that Modi asked state officials to be 'indifferent' towards rioters during the 2002 communal riots.

Bhatt in his deposition before retired Justice G T Nanavati and retired Justice Akshay Mehta of the commission claimed that Modi did not give any specific instructions on measures to protect former MP Ehsan Jaffrey and the residents of Gulburg Society despite having been apprised about 68 persons, including Jaffrey, were killed at Gulburg Society on February 28, 2002.

The IPS officer had also alleged that Modi tried to undermine the proceeding of a case filed by danseuse Mallika Sarabhai and others in the Supreme Court.

He had also claimed that former Gujarat minister of state for Home Amit Shah in 2009 tried to influence him to suppress the 'truth' regarding the February 27 meeting.

(Agencies)