`Cases against Bhatt show his criminal ways`

The cases pending against Sanjeev Bhatt show that he has a "criminal behaviour/ways", says the affidavit filed by the state government.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2011, 22:33 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The criminal cases pending against
arrested IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt show that he has a
"criminal behaviour/ways", says the affidavit filed by the
state government today in the court here, opposing bail to
him.

The affidavit was filed by investigating officer N C
Patel, in the court of Judge V K Vyas, who is hearing Bhatt`s
bail application.

Bhatt was arrested last week in connection with the FIR
filed by Police Constable K D Pant, which alleges that the IPS
officer threatened him and made him sign a false affidavit
with regard to the meeting called by Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on February 27, 2002, hours after Godhra train carnage.
Affidavit says that there are number of criminal cases
registered against Bhatt in Gujarat.

It mentions the 1990 case of police atrocity against
Bhatt in Jamnagar district, a case of custodial torture in
1994 at Porbander, and a 1996 case under Narcotics Drugs and
Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act in Pali, Rajasthan.
The cases reflect his criminal "ways", so he should not
be granted bail, says the affidavit, filed in Gujarati.

The affidavit further says that Bhatt is an influential
person and could intimidate witnesses in the case by
threatening them.

The hearing on bail plea is likely to continue on
October 7.

PTI