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‘Whistleblower cop’ Bhatt moves SC in a 1990 case

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 19:00

New Delhi: Gujarat`s suspended IPS officer
Sanjiv Bhatt, who is at loggerheads with the Narendra Modi
government, on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay
on the proceedings against him in a 1990 custodial torture
Bhatt moved the apex court challenging the decision of
the Gujarat High Court which has allowed framing of charges
against him in the case after the state government had
withdrawn an application for dropping of charges against him.

The case was listed for urgent hearing before a bench
headed by justice P Satasivam but the court deferred the
hearing after Bhatt`s counsel submitted that the High Court
has extended the stay on framing of charges till November 21.

The case will be taken up by the apex court on November

The High Court had, on October 10, rejected Bhatt`s plea
challenging the order of the sessions court at Jamnagar to
permit the state government to withdraw an application
requesting that charges against Bhatt and other cops should be
dropped. The government`s application was pending in courts
since 1996.

The case pertains to custodial death case in 1990 when
Bhatt was posted as Additional Superintendent of Police in
He had detained around 150 persons were during the
communal riots in Jam Jodhpur town. One of those arrested
Prabhudas Vaishnani died in hospital after being released.


First Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 19:00

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