Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi has nothing to do with the FIR filed against suspended
IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and his subsequent arrest, government
pleader said on Tuesday during hearing on the latter`s bail plea.
The Sessions Judge VK Vyas, hearing Bhatt`s bail plea,
deferred the matter till tomorrow when government is likely to
respond to the argument made by Bhatt`s lawyer IH Syed today.
Special Public Prosecutor(SPP) SV Raju stated that the
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had nothing to do with
the FIR filed against Bhatt and he was not at all connected
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 investigating officer.
The SPP 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withdrawn from the SC registry on the same day and Bhatt`s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 tampering
with evidence to dilute Bhatt`s defence and claimed that there
were contradictions in KD 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.