October 17th, 2011
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Sanjeev Bhatt granted bail

Sanjeev Bhatt granted bailAhmadabad: Anti Modi IPS Officer Sanjeev Bhatt has been granted bail after 18 days by a Sessions court.  “It is come as a great relief,” said Bhatts lawyer IH Saiyed. Bhatt would be released from Sabarmathi jail where he was lodged in a few hours.

Bhatt was arrested on charges of forcing his subordinate, K D Pant, to file a false affidavit against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, implicating him in the 2002 riots.

The suspended Gujarat cadre IPS officer who shot into limelight after claiming to be present at a meeting of Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the night after the Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002, was arrested on the night of September 29, 2011 after a police constable filed an FIR against him. He was arrested by cops of his own force who later raided his Ahmedabad home.

The arrest came two days after the IPS officer had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court against the Gujarat government and the Gujarat Chief Minister on the 2002 riots. The affidavit linked Modi and former home minister Amit Shah with the murder of BJP leader Haren Pandya.

Constable K D Pant, who had worked under Bhatt during the 2002 riots, in his FIR accused the IPS officer of threatening a public servant, fabricating false evidence and wrongful confinement. He alleged that the anti- Modi officer had threatened and forced him to sign a “false” affidavit that the IPS officer was present at a high- level meeting called by Gujarat Chief Minister on the night of February 27, 2002 after the Godra train carnage.




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