Ahmedabad: The Gujarat cadre of Indian Police Service (IPS) is a divided lot when it comes to taking position on the  role of the government machinery during post-Godhra riots.

While some of the officers have backed the officially stated position of Narendra Modi government, several others have opened a front against the BJP government. The open defiance of police officials has set ripples in the state machinery.

The latest case of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhat falls in the same league, wherein, some of the top police officials have put Modi government in the docks.

Bhat’s submission in the Supreme Court targeting RK Raghvan, chief of the Speical Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Apex Court to probe eleven cases related to Gujarat riots, comes close on the heels of another officer Rahul Sharma tapping the call details of several high profile accused in the case.

Bhat has accused Raghvan of influencing the witnesses in the case in favour of Modi government. The talking point in the government circles is that Gujarat government has doled out several benefits to Raghvan.

Meanwhile, another IPS officer Pradeep Sharma, who is presently in jail in connection with a land scam, has written to the SIT and offered to depose in the riot case. Sharma has alleged that he received a phone call from CM’s office asking him to request his brother Kuldip Sharma, also an IPS officer in Gujarat to refrain from giving protection to riot-affected Muslims.

Gujarat government had deputed Kuldip Sharma as managing director of Gujarat Sheep and Wool development  Corporation  but Sharma relinquished his post last week, and gave his charge to the general manager and assumed charge of Additional DGP with Bureau of Police Research and Development. The bureau comes under the jurisdiction of the Central government.

While Sharma chose a deputation at the Centre, IPS Rajnish Roy, who had arrested top police officials including DIG DG Vanzara, IPS Rajkumar Pandyan and Dinesh MN, IPS officer from Rajasthan cadre in connection with Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, is on a sustained study leave.

Adding to the list of officials standing up against the might of the state, Satish Sharma, IG (Traffic)  has become an eye sore for the Gujarat government in Ishrat Jahan case.

JPN/Bureau