The Hush Post| 06:30pm| 1-min-read
A Jamnagar sessions court on Thursday sentenced sacked Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a 1990 custodial death case.
Pronouncing the verdict, Jamnagar District and Sessions Judge DM Vyas charged Bhatt and then police constable Pravinsinh Jhala with murder.
The incident relates to the death of one Prabhudas Madhavji Vaishnani in November 1990, which was allegedly due to custodial torture. At the time, Bhatt was ASP , Jamnagar and had taken 133 people into custody for rioting during Bharat Bandh.
Vaishnavi was kept in police custody for 9 days, he died 10 days after he was released on bail.
In April 2011, Bhatt had also filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the February 2002 riots. He had maintained that Modi as Gujarat chief minister had ordered state police not to act against perpetrators of violence.
Bhatt is at present in custody in an alleged drug planting case of 1996. The Supreme Court had last week refused to entertain Bhatt’s plea seeking examination of 11 additional witnesses in the case.
The sacked IPS officer had moved the apex court saying that examination of these 11 witnesses was crucial for arriving at a just and fair decision in the case.
He was sacked in 2015.