A district court in Ahmedabad Monday rejected an application moved by the state government seeking remand of sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a four-year-old case. The case pertains to an FIR lodged by a constable, K D Panth, alleging that he was forced to sign an affidavit testifying that Bhatt was present at the meeting at then CM Narendra Modi’s residence, following Godhra train carnage on February 27, 2002 .
In 2011, the FIR was lodged against Bhatt alleging that the constable was “threatened and forced” by Bhatt to sign the affidavit. Panth was driver of Bhatt then. Following the FIR, Bhatt was arrested. The court then refused police’s remand plea. ENS