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Court paves way for framing charges against Bhatt

A sessions court in Khambhaliya taluka paved way for forming of charges against IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt and six others.



Jamnagar: A sessions court in Khambhaliya
taluka here on Friday paved way for forming of charges against IPS
officer Sanjeev Bhatt and six others, accused in a police
atrocity case of 1990, where one person had died and several
others were injured.

Additional Sessions Judge NT Solanki today accepted the
state government plea for the withdrawal of petition, seeking
revision of court`s earlier order, initiating criminal
proceedings against Bhatt and six others for brutally beating
up people in Jamkhambhalia taluka in the year 1990, after
communal clashes broke out in the area.

Public prosecutor Vimal Chotia had moved application for
the withdrawal of revision petition last week after he found
that government`s application for revision of order initiating
criminal proceedings against Bhatt and six others had become
infructuous. The application by the state government was filed
in 1996.

"The court accepting our offer for withdrawal of revision
petition, has paved way for framing of charges against the
accused in the case," Chotia said.

He said that Gujarat High Court, in 1996, had dismissed
the petition of those accused in the case, who had challenged
the criminal proceeding initiated against them.

"In 1996, the government had filed a revision petition
in the court. The proceeding in the matter was postponed, as
the accused sought time and disposal of the revision petition
by the lower court first," Chotia said.

"After I got the case some three months back, after
studying it, I suggested that the revision petition should be
withdrawn as the state cannot be a complainant on the one hand
and defend the accused on the other," he said, adding that in
any criminal case, state becomes a complainant.

Chotia said that now the court will proceed further with
framing of charges against the accused and conducting trial in
case.

In 1990, when Bhatt was posted as Dy SP in Jamnagar in
1990, where he was in-charge of police bandobast in
Jamkhambhliya area, where communal clashes had broke out.

It was under his command that police officer had beaten
up people, causing death of one man and injuring many others.

Following this incident, a police complaint was filed
against Bhatt and six others.

Bhatt, in an affidavit filed in the SC, had claimed that
he was present in the meeting called by Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on night of February 27, 2002, where Modi had
instructed his officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their
anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims to be "taught
a lesson".

After his affidavit, Bhatt has been questioned by the
Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots.

PTI

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