April 20th, 2012
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SC stays proceedings against IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt

sanjeev-bhattNew Delhi: The Supreme Court stayed all proceedings by the Gujarat government against IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who is facing charges of coercing his official driver to make a false statement in connection with the alleged inaction of the Narendra Modi government during the 2002 riots in the state. The Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai stayed the proceedings against Bhatt after he pleaded that the case against him was fabricated and was a consequence of political vendetta. Mr. Bhatt has sought investigation by an independent agency into the allegations.

The chargesheet filed against Bhatt accused him of threatening police constable KD Pant and making him sign an affidavit stating that he was present in a meeting with the Mr Modi during the 2002 riots in the state. Following the complaint by Pant, who had worked under Mr Bhatt during the 2002 riots, the Ghatlodia police in Gujarat had registered an FIR against the officer on charges of threatening a public servant, fabricating false evidence and wrongful confinement. Mr Bhatt was arrested on 30 September last year but was subsequently released on bail.


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