Guj: Bhatt challenges govt decision in 1990 case

Sanjeev Bhatt has challenged govt`s decision to withdraw its petition seeking revision of Jamnagar court`s order initiating criminal proceedings.

Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev
Bhatt has challenged before the High Court the Gujarat
government`s decision to withdraw its petition seeking
revision of a Jamnagar court`s order initiating criminal
proceedings against him, in a two-decade-old case.

A person had died allegedly due to police beating during
a communal flare-up in Jamkhambhliya taluka of Jamnagar in
1990, when Bhatt was posted there as DySP. Local court later
initiated criminal proceedings against him and six others.

In the petition -- likely to come up tomorrow -- Bhatt
has alleged that State Government was acting with a bias
against him because he had accused Chief Minister Narendra
Modi of misusing state machinery during post-Godhra riots in
his affidavit before the Supreme Court.

He has sought a direction from the High Court to the
government that revision application be restored.

Khambhaliya court, where the case is going on, last month
month issued bailable warrant against Bhatt after he failed to

In July, government withdrew its petition which had
sought revision of lower court`s order initiating criminal
proceedings. Government lawyer said that since state is the
prosecutor in all criminal cases, it could not defend the
officers simultaneously by seeking revision of trial court`s

This paved way for framing of charges against accused.

Following Bhatt`s allegation against Modi with regard to
handling of 2002 riots, he was suspended by the state
government on August 8 for misconduct, unauthorised absence
from duty, misuse of official vehicle and not appearing before
departmental inquiry panel.


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