"Sanjeev Bhatt has claimed that he had alerted Chief Minister's office of impending riots...through fax messages, but during our investigation it was found that many of those messages were forged," advocate RS Jamuar, arguing before Metropolitan Magistrate BJ Ganatra, said.      

"We strongly believe that Bhatt, who came out in open against (Chief Minister) Narendra Modi and state government almost after nine years, has no other intentions but to malign it," Jamuar added.

He cited a few fax messages submitted by Bhatt to SIT, and said, "These messages show initials of his then superior officers GC Raigar and OP Mathur. But both the officers denied that those were their initials."

Jamuar was replying to the issues raised by Zakia Jafri, who has filed a petition challenging the closure report of SIT giving clean chit to Modi and others for their alleged roles in 2002 post-Godhra riots. Jafri, whose husband and ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed in Gulbarg society massacre during riots, has demanded that Modi and others be charge-sheeted. Her original complaint to the Supreme Court cites Bhatt as a witness.

(Agencies)

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