Gujarat controversial sacked cop Sanjiv Bhatt arrested in two decade old case

The Hush Post: A controversial sacked Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Gujarat Sanjiv Bhatt was detained by the Gujarat CID on Wednesday in connection with a 22-year-old case of arrest of a lawyer for allegedly possessing drugs.

Sanjiv Bhatt and seven other persons, including some then policemen attached with the Banaskatha Police, were detained for questioning in the case, Director General of Police (DGP), Crime Investigation Department (CID), Ashish Bhatia said, a report said.

Notably, in 1996 Sanjiv Bhatt was the Banaskantha district superintendent of police (SP).

Gujarat controversial sacked cop Sanjiv Bhatt arrested in two decade old case

Sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

According to available information, under Sanjiv Bhat, in 1996 the Banaskatha Police had arrested a Rajasthan-based lawyer Sumersingh Rajpurohit for allegedly possessing around one kg of drugs. The Banaskanta Police had claimed that time that drugs were found in a hotel room occupied by Rajpurohit in the district’s Palanpur town, the report said.

But, a probe by the Rajasthan Police had revealed that Rajpurohit was falsely implicated by the Banaskatha Police. The Rajasthan Police also found that Rajpurohit was allegedly kidnapped by the Banaskatha Police from his residence at Pali in Rajasthan, it was reported.

In June this year, the Gujarat High Court had handed over the probe in the case to the CID while hearing the plea of Rajpurohit.

The high court had asked the CID to complete the probe in three months.

The CID found substance in charges against Sanjiv Bhatt, which led to his detention, Bhatia said, adding that Sanjiv Bhatt and some others could be arrested after questioning, it was reported.

Bhatt was sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in August 2015 for “unauthorised absence” from service.

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