"He (Sanjiv Bhatt) was not present in that particular meeting held with the Chief Minister and other high-ranking officials. I have told this to the Special Investigation Team (probing the riots) during my deposition," K Chakrabarthi, now retired, told PTI over phone from Mumbai.
"Now, it is up to the SIT and Supreme Court to decide on it," he said.
Bhatt, in his affidavit, has said he attended the said meeting (on the day of Godhra train burning incident) as he was asked to accompany the DGP by the state control room.
Bhatt, posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots, said he had attended the meeting along with the DGP.
In his testimony before the SIT, Modi had also said Bhatt, being a junior officer at that time, was not present in the February 27 meeting.
In the affidavit, Bhatt has alleged the Gujarat Chief Minister, at the meeting, had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims to be "taught a lesson."