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Warrant against IPS officer Bhatt in a 1990 case

Last Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 09:51

Jamnagar: A sessions court in the district
has issued a bailable warrant against suspended IPS officer
Sanjeev Bhatt in a 1990 case relating to a person`s death due
to alleged police beating.

The warrant was issued by Additional Session Judge NT
Solanki yesterday, after Bhatt, an accused, failed to appear
in the court in Khambhaliya taluka.

Bhatt has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi of misusing the state machinery during 2002 post-Godhra
riots. The senior IPS officer was recently suspended.

Last month, the state had withdrawn the petition seeking
revision of the lower court`s order initiating criminal
proceedings against Bhatt and six others for allegedly beating
up people in Jamkhambhalia taluka in 1990, when communal
clashes had broken out in the area.

The petition, filed in 1996, was withdrawn by public
prosecutor Vimal Chotia last month. This paved the way for
framing of charges against Bhatt and others.

According to Chotia, the petition had to be withdrawn, as
the state cannot be a complainant on one hand, and defend the
accused on the other.

In every criminal case, state is the prosecutor, and
hence it cannot defend its own officers, Chotia had argued.

In 1996, Gujarat High Court had dismissed the petition of
the accused in the case, seeking quashing of the criminal
proceedings. Then the government had filed a revision petition
against lower court`s order.

It had remained pending before HC all these years.

The alleged crime took place in 1990 when Bhatt was
posted as DySP in Jamnagar, and was in-charge of police
bandobast in Jamkhambhliya area where communal clashes had
broken out.

Allegedly, on his orders, police had beaten up some
people, causing the death of a man and injuring several

Bhatt was suspended by the Gujarat government early this
month for misconduct, unauthorised absence from duty, misuse
of official vehicle and not appearing before departmental
inquiry panel.


First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 17:43

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