Bhatt case: Lawyer alleges police conspiracy
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 22:24
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has restrained police from arresting a lawyer who had prepared an affidavit in Sanjiv Bhatt case, till Monday.

Advocate VH Kanara had prepared the affidavit of constable KD Pant, in which the latter alleged that Bhatt made him sign by force. Bhatt has been arrested in the case and is in jail after Pant had filed an FIR against him.

Kanara approached Justice R H Shukla on Saturday night fearing that the police would arrest him, another lawyer who is representing Kanara, B M Mangukia, said.

Justice Shukla has given a restraining order on Kanara's arrest till Monday and will hear his plea on that day in the court, Mangukia stated.

Pant in his FIR had alleged that Bhatt took him to meet state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia at his residence. Modhwadia also assured him that there was no need to worry and he should do what Bhatt was asking.

"The police were putting pressure on Kanara, to give a statement against state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia in the case and they wanted him to say that apart from Bhatt, Congress president was also involved in preparing the affidavit," Mangukia said.

Kanara had refused to give such a statement, after which he feared that police would arrest him and that is the reason we had to approach the high court justice in the middle of the night, Mangukia said.

Constable K D Pant, who was working under Bhatt during 2002 riots, had registered an FIR against Bhatt for threatening a public servant, fabricating false evidence and wrongful confinement.

According to Pant's FIR, on June 16 he got a call from Bhatt asking him to come to his residence for some work.

When Pant reached there, Bhatt informed him that Amicus Curie from the Supreme Court was coming on June 18 and they had to meet him to record a statement, as per the FIR.

Pant alleged in the FIR that Bhatt asked him to tell the Amicus curie that SIT had forcefully recorded his statement. When Pant resisted, Bhatt threatened him and said that there was no need to worry if he did what he was told.

Then Bhatt took Pant to meet Modhvadia. After meeting Modhvadia, Bhatt took Pant to an office of an advocate and notary near the Gujarat High Court and made him sign two sets of affidavits.

Bhatt was arrested on September 30 and order on his bail plea will be delivered by the court on Monday.


First Published: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 22:24

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