November 18th, 2011
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Sanjeev Bhatt asked to withdraw petition from SC

sanjeev-bhatNew Delhi: The Supreme Court refused to grant relief to suspended Gujarat police officer Sanjeev Bhatt, in a 21-year-old Jamnagar custodial death case of 1990. He was asked by the Supreme Court bench comprising justice P Sathasivam and justice BS Chauhan to withdraw his petition in connection with the Jamnagar custodial torture case. The officer complied with the instructions of the court and withdrew the petition.

While expressing its shock over the inordinate delay in conducting trial relate to the case, the apex court said that it won’t interfere in the Gujarat government’s decision. The apex court asked Bhatt to approach High Court in connection with the case. Bhatt had challenged the legality of the proceedings initiated against him in Jamnagar custodial torture case of 1990.

It is alleged that when Bhatt was posted as the additional SP in Jamnagar, about 150 persons were detained to control communal riots in Jam Jodhpur town. One of those arrested, Prabhudas Vaishnani , had to be admitted to hospital after being released. He died there reportedly of renal failure on November 18, 1990.

The matter was investigated by the Crime Branch, which submitted a closure report saying that there was nothing against the police officers. The post-mortem report of Vaishnavi said that there were no external or internal injury marks and he died of renal failure.

However, the findings of the Crime Branch were not accepted by the local court which took cognisance of the case. The Gujarat government then took the position that its officials had acted in discharge of their official responsibilities and filed a revision petition in the session court in 1996.

The state government later withdrew the revision petition, thereby exposing Bhatt to face prosecution. Bhatt contended that the government was doing all this to victimise him as he had accusing Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complacity in the during 2002 communal riots in the state.





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