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Police atrocity: Guj HC rejects Bhatt`s petition

The Gujarat HC rejected petition of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt seeking relief in a two-decade-old case of alleged police atrocity.



Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High court on Monday rejected petition of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt
seeking relief in a two-decade-old case of alleged police
atrocity in Jamnagar district.

Justice R H Shukla, hearing the case, however, stayed the
order rejecting Bhatt`s plea till November 8 to enable him to
challenge it in a higher forum. It also asked the Jamnagar
sessions court not to frame charges against Bhatt in the 1990
case where one person had died.

The 1988 batch IPS officer had approached High Court
challenging the state government`s decision to withdraw a plea
seeking revision of a Jamnagar sessions court`s order
initiating criminal proceedings against him and six others in
connection with the case.
Bhatt is now in jail after being arrested on September 30
in connection with an FIR filed against him by a police
constable for allegedly threatening him and making him
sign a false affidavit.

The state government had opposed Bhatt`s petition
seeking relief in the 20-year-old case saying it was an
attempt to delay the criminal proceeding against the IPS
officer.
The original complainant, Amrutlal Vaishnani whose
brother Prahbudas died due to alleged beating by Bhatt and
others, said Bhatt had mislead the government by suppressing
facts of case.

He had further argued that Bhatt enjoyed the patronage
of the government for two decades and was under protective
shield but when the shield has been taken away he is crying
foul.

Bhatt, on his part, had alleged he was being harassed by
Narendra Modi government as he was an important witness in the
Supreme Court case relating to 2002 riots and accused Modi
of misusing state machinery during post-Godhra riots in an
affidavit in SC and it was because of this that the government
had decided to withdraw its application, paving way for his
prosecution.

He had also said the government had in 1990 defended
him but has suddenly changed his stand to victimise him for
speaking against the CM.

PTI

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