The Gujarat Police on Wednesday arrested former IPS officer, Sanjiv Bhatt, in a case related to false framing a lawyer in 1996. Bhatt was arrested by Gujarat Police CID (Crime) in a narcotics case lodged by the Banaskantha police in 1996 when he was the Superintendent of Police (SP) there.
Bhatt, a known critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was dismissed from the service in 2015 for taking on his administration during his term as Gujarat’s chief minister for 2002 Gujarat riots. In one of his affidavits in the Supreme Court, Bhatt had accused Modi of being complicit in 2002 riots.
He is accused of framing a lawyer from Rajasthan for allegedly carrying 1.5 kg of narcotics. The Gujarat High Court had recently ordered a special investigation team (SIT) of CID to probe the case, 22 years after Rajpurohit filed a complaint in Pali, Rajasthan.
DGP CID (crime) Ashish Bhatia told The Indian Express, “3-4 months back the Gujarat high court had asked the CID to investigate this case and we had formed a SIT which probed and found Sanjiv Bhatt had made out a false case against the lawyer. We have taken him for questioning. In all, we have 7 persons detained.”