Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi has nothing to do with the FIR filed against Sanjiv Bhatt
and his subsequent arrest, the government said on Tuesday during
the hearing on the suspended IPS officer`s bail plea.
Sessions judge V K Vyas, hearing Bhatt`s bail plea,
deferred the matter till tomorrow when the government is
likely to respond to the argument made by the officer`s lawyer
I H Syed today.
Special Public Prosecutor S V Raju stated that Modi had
nothing to do with the FIR filed against Bhatt and he was not
at all connected with it.
Allegation against Modi by Bhatt was simply to divert the
attention from the main offence he had committed, Raju said,
adding involving the names of Modi and late Haren Pandya in
affidavits was to attract media attention.
Raju argued that Bhatt was not arrested immediately after
the FIR was filed in June and he was given ample time and four
summons were issued despite which he did not appear before the
Raju also alleged that Bhatt had suppressed the fact that
he had approached the Supreme Court for bail on the very next
day of his arrest on October 1. The bail plea was later
withdrawn from the SC registry on the same day and Bhatt`s
lawyer Syed placed the fact on record only after filing bail
application in local court here on October 3, Raju claimed.
Syed in his defence argued that Bhatt was arrested by
misusing the government machinery.
He said that it was the government which was tempering
with evidence to dilute Bhatt`s defence and claimed that there
were contradictions in K D Pant`s FIR, affidavit and statement
produced in court.
Syed said that this was just an attempt to humiliate
and discredit Bhatt who was a witness in Zakia Jaffery`s
petition in the Supreme Court where Modi was an accused along
with 62 others.