time... and don’t say it’
excerpts from revealing conversations between Gujarat Home Secretary GC
Murmu, state counsel Arvind Pandya, and RB Sreekumar, who taped the exchanges
on the sly
Murmu: What all questions will come up?
Now, they will ask questions relating to IB, i.e., about the role of IB
with Godhra incident, from that point further questions will come up.
us ask questions which will come up.
will ask about functioning of IB in the entire case, so whatever duty
given to IB will be asked, i.e., by the Police Manual.
I will explain this as per Police Manual Rule 461.
ask generally compound questions, specially Mukul Sinha, he will ask a
very compounding question, in one question there will be three four questions,
first, you should not get hasty, not very very quick in answering questions,
first you should understand each and every question quietly and then answer.
I know Mukul Sinha for last two years, I studied him, he asks first, complicated
question. He puts 3-4 questions in one question. See…
he put a compound question, question, long question it will have 3-4 questions
and conveniently he will put questions to get something from you, as affirmative
Sreekumar… what happens you know, in last question three compounding
questions, he put in the last compounding question in the affirmative
and if you say yes that means your answer to all questions are positive.
he asks question, you should say I would take this question first and
explain one by one. You can say that I do not understand this question,
let me understand it first and then answer another question.
I will answer question by question.
I explain, what is the requirements, that will be the style of questioning,
i.e., among the three questions, one may be negative and two positive
and vice versa. Among this whatever you feel like correct or incorrect,
you may answer accordingly.
will get lot of time.
want to brief you another thing, you answer peacefully, by listening to
the question first, don’t be in a hurry, first understand what you
have to say, for eg, out of 100 percent or 90 percent you have 10 percent
confusion, you ask him to repeat the question, say that I had not followed
the question. I am telling you that majority of the witnesses suffered
setbacks in this matter, in spite of instructions. Witnesses know these
aspects, because they are wise, but due to tension, they answer hurriedly.
is one thing, second thing, you should try to restrict answer to the point.
if one thing is cleared by telling no so do that, there is no need for
telling anything further.