The Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt had been sent to judicial custody on Saturday by the Ahmedabad rural court. The police had asked for the custody of Sanjiv Bhatt for 7 days but the court decided that he shall be sent on judicial custody for 15 days. The Court had taken the view that police remand is unnecessary as what the police were looking for is already on the files of Gujarat High Court and Supreme Court. The court is expected to hear the bail application on Monday. Most of the charges issued against Bhatt are billable. He was charged for causing wrongful restraint and confinement under Section 341 and 342 respectively, for giving fabricating under section 195 and for threat of injury to public servant under Section 189.
Mr.Bhatt was arrested on Friday following a complaint made by the constable K.D.Panth that he had been compelled by the officer to sign a false affidavit to support the averment that he was present at a meeting at the Chief Minister’s residence on February 27, 2002. The police had searched Bhatt’s house on Friday night for copies of the said affidavit.
Reported by Lydia Chitra Jacob