The case dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar. He had detained around 150 people during a communal riot in Jamjodhpur town. One of the detained persons had died in hospital after he was released.
Appearing for Bhatt, lawyer BB Naik told the single judge bench of Justice Sonia Gokani that even among the 32 witnesses who were examined, contradictions have emerged in the accounts of five witnesses.
Sumersingh Rajpurohit has been alleging that he was framed by Sanjiv Bhatt at the behest of a former judge of Gujarat HC, R R Jain. According to Rajpurohit, he was arrested owing to a property dispute.
Sanjiv Bhatt has been accused of framing a lawyer from Rajasthan in a false case by planting drugs at a Palanpur hotel room in Banaskantha in 1996 as part of a “well-planned conspiracy” to get a property vacated in of Rajasthan
Rejecting a petition by Bhatt’s wife Shweta Bhatt, a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said that it was not inclined to interfere with the High Court order handing over the investigation to state CID.