Ahmedabad: Gujarat government has decided to
recover Rs one lakh from IPS officer Sanjeev Bhat, paid by it
to an advocate of Pali in Rajasthan as compensation after an
order from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The amount would be recovered from Bhatt within one
month, government sources said today.
The NHRC had ordered compensation of Rs one lakh for one
advocate Sumer Singh of Pali, Rajasthan after it was convinced
about his allegations that Bhatt, who was the then
Superintendent of Police of Banaskantha district, had filed a
false case against him under the Narcotics, Drugs and
Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act.
At that time the state government had paid the amount to
Singh. But now the state government has decided to recover the
Rs one lakh from Bhatt within a month, the sources said.
In his complaint with the NHRC, Singh had alleged that to
get a shop in possession of his brother vacant, he was wrongly
booked under NDPS and taken into police custody on the
intervening night of May 2-3, 1996 by Bhatt. And later after
the shop was vacated he was let off by the police in
Banaskantha, where Bhatt was SP.
NHRC, in its order, had observed that there was violation
of the human rights of Singh and taking into consideration the
seriousness of the issue, a compensation of Rs one lakh was
awarded to Singh.
Bhatt had recently filed an affidavit in Supreme Court
alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in a
meeting held at his residence on February 27, 2002, asked
police to go slow on rioters and allow them to vent their ire.