In its June 3 issue, Outlook broke the story of a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet having blown the whistle on the Gujarat CM before the Concerned Citizens Tribunal inquiring into the riots. The minister confided that in his deposition he had revealed details of a late-night meeting on February 27 Modi held at his bungalow with senior bureaucrats and police officials. The CM, according to his own cabinet colleague, made it clear that there would be "justice" for Godhra the next day during the vhp bandh. He directed that the police not come in the way of "the Hindu backlash".
When the story appeared, there were strong denials from the Gujarat government. So we went back to the minister, who only reconfirmed the story. Excerpts:
Did you face problems (regarding the story)?
Minister: You may have been surprised why I behaved that way when you called earlier. I called you back. I must have seemed cautious. That's because he (Modi) can go to any...