Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has terminated IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who had taken on the then Narendra Modi government over 2002 Gujarat riots cases four years ago.
Bhatt on Wednesday took to Twitter and wrote: “Finally removed from service today after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. Any takers?
Finally removed from service today after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. :) Any takers?
— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
He further clarified his point on being removed from the service, stating "Many friends have been asking me for my reaction on my removal from the Indian Police Service. All I have to say is that, at the age of 24, with a passion and fire that still continues to rage in me, I chose the Indian Police Service because I saw it as a career that would add action and purpose to my life. And I have not been disappointed one bit. In fact, I have enjoyed every moment of the last 27 years in the IPS. The Government of the day has decided to remove me from service after conduction a sham, ex parte inquiry on completely fabricated charges of 'unauthorised absence from duty'. Mind you, this so-called 'unauthorised absence from duty' pertains to the period when I was deposing before the SIT (investigating into the Zakia Jafri complaint) and the Nanavati Commission (inquiring into the Gujarat riots). Be that as it may, the bottom-line is that if the Government of the day does not require my services...so be it. I pray to God that he may continue to kindle and stoke the passion and fire that has possessed me all these years. May He continue to lead me in my just pursuits."
As per sources, he has been sacked for long absenteeism from duty.
He was earlier served with a showcause notice on the basis of a video clip to explain his alleged "illicit relationship" with an unknown woman, a charge denied by him.
Along with the notice served to Bhatt by the Gujarat Home department on August 14, it is learnt that the video CD has also been sent to him. Bhatt, a 1988 batch IPS officer, has been under suspension since 2011.
The notice mentioned that the alleged clip has been examined by Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) under the state Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS), which said in its report that the CD is authentic and no tampering has been done.
On receiving the notice along with CD, Bhatt sent his written reply on August 15 in which he stated that the person in the CD is not him.
"I sent my reply to the Home Department on August 15. I told them that the person in the video is not me, but someone who bears a general resemblance to me," said Bhatt.
He further clarified in his reply that "closer examination reveals striking differences in facial features, including the shape and size of the nose, forehead and ears...There are many other significant differences in the body shape, structure, body hair, balding pattern, shape of fingers, etc."
He also raised questions on the FSL findings, which the Home Department cited in the notice served to him.
"It is apparent that the results of FSL examination, suggesting positive identity between me and the person in the said video clipping, are based on grossly insufficient comparison data," Bhatt replied.
He further requested a detailed and scientific examination to dispel any doubts.
"In order to dispel any doubts, I am willing to submit myself to Detailed Biometric Examination and Analysis at the DFS of any other facility...So as to facilitate proper and conclusive comparison between me and the person in the said video," he said in his reply to the Home Department.
Bhatt took on the Gujarat government when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister by filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, in which he alleged that Modi had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Bhatt's wife Shweta Bhatt had unsuccessfully contested against Modi when he was the Chief Minister in the 2012 Assembly Elections.
(With PTI inputs)