Anti-Modi cop Bhatt’s life under threat, says wife
Sanjeev Bhatt had accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Ahmedabad: A day after suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt was arrested by cops from his own force, his wife Shweta wrote to Gujarat DGP, Ahmedabad Police Commissioner and Chief Judicial Magistrate of a local court on Saturday, saying she feared for her husband’s life.
"Since yesterday, I am not allowed to meet Sanjeev. The police officials are not even allowing the lawyer to meet him. Then how can we file his bail application," Shweta said.
Bhatt was today produced before a local court which sent him to judicial custody. He will be lodged in Sabarmati jail till his next bail hearing comes up for hearing on Monday.
The court earlier rejected the plea for seven-day remand plea by Ahmedabad police.
Shweta said her husband was "surprisingly shifted to the city crime branch, which has bad reputation of fake encounters".
“I can`t trust them at all, I fear for his life," she said.
"We shall never get justice in Gujarat," Bhatt’s wife added.
Gujarat Police, however, described as "unfounded" the fear expressed by the wife of arrested IPS officer.
The Gujarat police today also conducted a second round of raid at Bhatt`s residence in Memnagar to "check for evidence". Earlier in the day, the police attempted to conduct raid but had to return when his wife confronted them and asked them to show a fresh search warrant. The police returned with a fresh warrant. Shortly after Bhatt’s arrest, the Gujarat police had yesterday conducted a Bhatt’s residence for two hours.
The IPS officer was arrested yesterday in connection with an FIR filed against him by police constable KD Pant, who was working under Bhatt during 2002 riots, for threatening him and making him sign a false affidavit with regard to a meeting called by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002.
The police constable further claimed that Bhatt took him to meet state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia at his residence. Modhwadia too assured him that there was no need to worry and he should do what Bhatt was asking to do, he added.
After meeting Modhwadia, Bhatt took Pant to the office of an advocate and notary near the Gujarat High Court and made him sign two sets of affidavits, the FIR states.
Bhatt in his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, where he had alleged complicity of Modi in post-Godhra riots, had stated that Pant who knew about Modi`s meeting was threatened with dire consequences and arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) which is probing some of the 2002 riot cases on the direction of the apex court.
He had also alleged Pant was virtually treated like an accused by the SIT during his questioning on April 05, 2011.
Bhatt has been charged under IPC sections 341 (causing wrongful restraint), 342 (causing wrongful confinement), 195 (giving fabricated evidence) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant).
Reacting to the issue, the Congress has condemned the raid by Gujarat police on Bhatt`s house alleging BJP`s "naked dictatorship" is visible in the state.
"Why is it that this officer is being targeted shortly after he the blew whistle about Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his government`s doings in Gujarat. BJP`s naked dictatorship is visible in Gujarat", senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi
Several activists have slammed the Narendra Modi government over the arrest of Sanjeev Bhatt.
Bhatt in judicial custody
During the court hearing Bhatt`s lawyer, advocate I H Sayed, said that while his application regarding Pant`s complaint was pending before the Supreme Court, the Gujarat Police had arrested him only to harass him. The government was acting vindictively as Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the apex court against Narendra Modi, Sayed said.
Bhatt has moved the Supreme Court demanding that there be an independent investigation of Pant`s FIR.
Public prosecutor Pravin Trivedi argued that though Bhatt`s application was pending before the Supreme Court, the apex court had not stayed the investigation, or directed the police not to arrest anybody in the case.
With PTI inputs