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MHA wants ‘strict action’ against Bhatt

Sources said Bhatt’s name was forwarded to the UPSC after the ministry was convinced of his involvement in anti-government acts.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: September 4, 2014 1:15 am

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a proposal to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to take “strict disciplinary action” against Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who took on the Gujarat government when Narendra Modi was CM. Once the UPSC takes a decision, the file will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, which will give the final go-ahead.

Sources said Bhatt’s name was forwarded to the UPSC after the ministry was convinced of his involvement in anti-government acts.

“We have forwarded the proposal to initiate strict disciplinary action against the IPS officer and one of the options is dismissal of service. The UPSC had returned the file to us seeking some clarifications. We have replied and answered their queries,” said a senior home ministry official on condition of anonymity.

The 1988 batch IPS officer has been under suspension since 2011. A DIG rank officer at the time of his suspension, Bhatt’s last posting was as principal, Police Training College, in Junagadh.

“The ball is in UPSC’s court now. They can either go for a dismissal or can reduce his rank. From our side, we have asked for strictest disciplinary action,” said the official.

In 2013, the Gujarat government had written to the MHA seeking Bhatt’s dismissal. The UPA government, which was then in power at the Centre, had accepted the state government’s recommendation and was examining all aspects of the case. “Once all the aspects were examined, we decided to pursue his case with the UPSC, as is the norm. The file will be forwarded to the PMO as per the laid down procedure,” said the official.

Bhatt was arrested in 2011 by the Gujarat Police after a constable registered an FIR claiming that the IPS officer forced him to file an affidavit on the 2002 riots. He was later released on bail.

The constable had alleged that Bhatt was present during a meeting in February 2002 called by Modi. Bhatt had alleged that Modi asked officials at the meeting to go easy on the rioters.

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  1. Z
    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm
    What does it take to forget Modi's crime which are the cause root of all evil we are talking about?
    1. J
      Sep 4, 2014 at 9:16 am
      Why is this talk of meeting again and bhatt again when CBI proved he is a hostile witness and that the meeting he claimed to have been a part of, he was never near that location which was proved by pinging his cell phone on that day.Alsways addressing this guy as the person who took on Modi govt ? The guy has 5-6 serious cases registered against him. There was police protection given to a women because of his harment (so called snoopgate). Man is not clean but media is bent on portraying him as a hero. Is media's job to report news or write stories about fictional heroes who took on Modi ? Setalwad (corruption charges), Ex GUj governor (corruption charges and woman who stalled women reservation and lokpal) etc. You just have to oppose Modi in some way and all your crimes are forgotten,according to media.
      1. Navtej Singh
        Sep 9, 2014 at 12:01 am
        Sanjiv Bhatt will stay hero. Modi or BJP or inert Congress can do everything but the people like Sanjiv Bhatt will sparkle like stars. They stood up against all odds for the most vulnerable.
        1. B
          Sep 4, 2014 at 8:12 am
          I expected nothing less from UPA3. Nothing has changed.