Apex court breather for Bhatt in ‘false’ affidavit case

Bhatt has moved the SC seeking transfer of the case outside Gujarat since he apprehends biased investigation in the state

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:April 20, 2012 1:38 am

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed all the proceedings against suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt related to a criminal case registered against him by a police constable for allegedly threatening him to sign an affidavit to prove alleged complicity of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai passed an order to this effect and posted the matter for further hearing on July 16.

Bhatt has moved the SC seeking transfer of the case outside Gujarat since he apprehends biased investigation in the state.

“We have sought transfer of the case outside Gujarat. However,as our petition is pending before the court,Gujarat Police has submitted chargesheet against Bhatt in the concerned court. So,the Supreme Court has stayed the trial proceedings in the case till further orders,” said Bhatt’s lawyer I H Syed.

Bhatt is accused of forcing constable K D Panth to sign an affidavit which corroborates the former’s claim that he attended a meeting called by Modi on February 27,2002 following the Godhra train carnage.

In the said meeting,Bhatt has alleged,Modi gave instructions to the top bureaucrats to let Hindus vent their anger against Muslims.

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