HC breather for Bhatt in case of evading summons

Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 20:11

Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Monday stayed all proceedings against suspended IPS officer Sanjiv
Bhatt in connection with a complaint filed against him for
furnishing false information with intention of evading summons
in the case pertaining to the alleged wrongful confinement of
a police constable.

Justice Anant S Dave hearing the case admitted Bhatt`s
petition seeking quashing of the complaint against him and
scheduled it for final hearing in last week of February.

In his petition filed in November last year, Bhatt had
contended that there was no base for the complaint and hence
it needed to be quashed and the inquiry ordered by the
magistrate on the complaint be stopped.

He said that the offence as alleged in the complaint
under section 172 (absconding to avoid service of summons) and
177 (furnishing false information) of the Indian Penal Code
(IPC) are prima facie not constituted or made out.

Finding substance in Bhatt`s contentions, the court
admitted the petition and scheduled it for final hearing in
the last week of the next month.

The complaint was filed in October last year by ACP N
C Patel, investigating officer in the case where Bhatt was
accused of threatening and wrongfully confining constable K D
Pant and making him sign false affidavits.

In his complaint Patel had alleged that Bhatt was
summoned to remain present before him on September 30, 2011
but he did not do so and instead wrote a letter saying that he
was to appear before Nanavati Commission probing the 2002
riots case on the same day.

Patel had further claimed that it was revealed during
the probe conducted by him that neither did Bhatt go to
Nanavati Commission nor did he have any hearing before it.

Based on this, Patel filed a complaint against Bhatt
under Sections 172 (absconding to avoid service of summons)
and 177 (furnishing false information) of the Indian Penal
Code (IPC), in a local court.

Bhatt was arrested on September 30 last year in
connection with an FIR filed against him by police constable
K D Pant for allegedly threatening, wrongfully confining,
restraining and making him sign a false affidavit.

The affidavit in question was in connection with
Bhatt`s presence at the February 27, 2002 meeting called by
Chief Minister Narendra Modi after the Godhra train burning
incident.

Bhatt, who had alleged complicity of Modi in the 2002
riots, was granted bail by a local court here on October 17,
last year.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 20:11

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