September 23, 2015 1:26:52 am
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought to know from sacked Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt why he wants to make BJP chief Amit Shah a party to his petitions. Bhatt has alleged that false cases were foisted on him after he made “incriminating” disclosures relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
“In view of the prayers you have made, how is the impleadment of these people (Shah and others) relevant? How are your other prayers in the petition connected to their impleadment? Please tell us,” a bench led by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu sought to know from senior advocate Indira Jaising who was arguing for Bhatt.
Jaisingh replied: “I have sought to make them parties since they are likely to suffer the consequences if my plea is allowed. The order of impleadment is going to affect them. I have made them as parties as a matter of caution.”
In his fresh plea, Bhatt has sought to make Shah, Gurumurthy Swaminathan, co-convener of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, and bureaucrats G C Murmu and Vijay Badheka as parties to his petition, alleging their complicity in what he called a “conspiracy to subvert the ends of justice”.
Bhatt has referred to his 2011affidavit in which he had referred to emails allegedly showing that there was a conspiracy to shield Shah from prosecution in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan. Bhatt reportedly procured these emails from the account of Tushar Mehta, then Gujarat Additional Advocate General and presently an Additional Solicitor General.
Mehta and Bhatt were once close but later had a fallout and Mehta got an FIR lodged against Bhatt for hacking his mail. Another FIR was lodged against Bhatt for wrongfully confining a witness in a riots case and coercing him to depose. Criminal proceeding in these FIRs were stayed after Bhatt moved the top court.
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