Bengaluru: A couple of hours earlier than his detention by Gujarat police, whistleblower police officer R.B. Sreekumar had vowed to proceed his combat no matter “extra private losses”.
The previous IPS officer made the assertion throughout an interview given to the Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi on June 25, a day after the Supreme Courtroom delivered the judgment within the Gulberg bloodbath case.. A couple of hours after the interview was performed, Sreekumar was detained and later arrested.
Within the interview, the previous intelligence chief of Gujarat made it clear that his allegiance was to the Structure, to not any political celebration. Sreekumar, the extra director-general of Gujarat police’s armed unit in the course of the 2002 riots was later shifted to the intelligence wing Sreekumar stated he was not scared and was able to face any consequence for taking up the highly effective. “I’m not scared. I’m prepared (for any motion),” he instructed the every day.
“Definitely. The combat will proceed even when I undergo extra private losses and face extra hassle. A number of colleagues had requested me why I used to be destroying a superb profession by taking up these extraordinarily highly effective folks,” Sreekumar stated.
Sreekumar and human rights defender Teesta Setalvad had been arrested final week for allegedly conspiring to implicate prime authorities functionaries, together with then chief minister Narendra Modi. Former police officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who’s already in jail in a custodial demise case, was additionally named within the FIR.
“I used to be made the intelligence chief quickly after the Gujarat riots. It’s typically assumed that an intelligence chief is often the right-hand man and conscience-keeper of the chief minister. However my loyalty has all the time been to the Indian Structure. I’m following the Structure and never the rule books of the Congress or the BJP,” Sreekumar stated. Sreekumar alleged that the then Gujarat authorities headed by Modi had paid Rs 10 lakh to the lawyer of classical danseuse and social activist Mallika Sarabhai to derail her petition within the Supreme Courtroom searching for a CBI probe into the Gujarat riots. Mallika had made the identical allegation at a media convention in 2011.
“Sure, that case was undermined by shopping for the lawyer…. Mallika’s lawyer had offered a really weak argument earlier than the Supreme Courtroom. With that, the Supreme Courtroom dismissed Mallika’s plea,” Sreekumar stated.
“I’ve defined this within the eighth affidavit filed earlier than the Nanavati Fee (that probed the riots). It was on April 10, 2002 (within the aftermath of the riots), the chief minister summoned me and Sanjiv Bhatt, who was the deputy commissioner within the state intelligence bureau. It was Sanjiv Bhatt who took me to the chief minister. These days Modi and Bhatt had been on good phrases. The assembly was on the chief minister’s workplace,” Sreekumar stated.