Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gujarat police demand for police custody of Sanjeev Bhatt rejected

Senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 post-Godhra riots, was today sent to judicial custody after a court rejected the plea for police remand.

Police had asked for seven days' custody of Bhatt, who was arrested yesterday, in connection with the complaint filed by constable K D Pant.
However, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate B G Doshi rejected the plea, and sent Bhatt to judicial custody.
The police also went to search Bhatt's house today, for the second time, but had to return when Shweta demanded to see a fresh search warrant.
Bhatt was arrested in connection with the FIR filed by Pant for allegedly threatening him and making him sign a false affidavit with regard to a meeting called by Modi on February 27, 2002, hours after the Godhra train carnage.
Bhatt has been charged under IPC sections 341 (causing wrongful restraint), 342 (causing wrongful confinement), 195 (giving fabricated evidence) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant).
It may be recalled that the IPS officer had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging complicity on the part of Modi during the 2002-post Godhra riots.
Family fears threat to Sanjiv's life; says no hope of justice
A day after suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was arrested, his family on Saturday said they feared for his life and have written to the Gujarat Commissioner of Police demanding justice.
 "Since yesterday, I am not allowed to meet Sanjiv. The police officials are not even allowing the lawyer to meet him.....A case was lodged against Sanjiv in Ghatlodia Police Station and he was handed over to crime branch, who are encounter specialists. I can't trust them at all, I fear for his life", said Sanjeev Bhatt's wife Shweta Bhatt.

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