Ahmedabad Crime Branch Takes Custody Of Sanjiv Bhatt

| Updated: July 13, 2022 11:39 am

Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has been in Palanpur jail in Banaskantha district since 2018, was arrested by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Gujarat police through a transfer warrant for allegedly fabricating evidence in cases related to 2002 post-Godhra communal riots. Bhatt’s arrest comes weeks after social activist Teesta Setalvad and former Director-General of Police of Gujarat R B Sreekumar were arrested by the Gujarat authorities in the same case.

“We took Sanjiv Bhatt’s custody from Palanpur jail on transfer warrant and formally arrested him on Tuesday evening,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad Crime Branch, Chaitanya Mandlik said. He is one of the members of the SIT set up to investigate the three accused in the case.

Bhatt has been in jail since 2018 as he was convicted in a 27-year-old case, where he was accused of falsely framing a Rajasthan-based lawyer by planting narcotics on him. A case was booked against him in 1996 for the same. During this trial, he was also sentenced to life for a custodial death case in Jamnagar.

On June 24, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge brought by Zakia Ehsan Jafri that contested the SIT’s closure report and threw out claims of a bigger plot involving high-ranking officials and other parties in Gujarat riots of 2002, which followed the Godhra train massacre.

Setalvad, who were co-petitioners with Zakia Jafri in the petition filed against Prime Miniter Narendra Modi and others, was arrested by Ahmedabad Crime on June 26, for providing misleading information in the case and prolonging the proceedings. At the time, R B Sreekumar was also brought in for the same. Now, the Gujarat police have taken custody of Bhatt.

All three have been accused of conspiring to produce fake evidence and frame innocent people, thereby abusing the law and prolonging the proceedings.

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