IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt countered the official position on his suspension on Tuesday, saying he had kept the Gujarat government posted about why he had to stay away from office.
“I always kept the authorities informed...as I was busy with deposition before the...special investigation team and the...Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots,” he said, adding, “only 10 days ago I had sought 60 days’ leave to take care of my sick mother”.
“I am consulting my counsel on the suspension order.”
Late on Monday, the 1988 batch officer was suspended for “unauthorised absence from office, misuse of government vehicle, not appearing before an inquiry officer and his conduct unbecoming of an IPS officer”.
The Congress entered the scene on Tuesday, accusing the state of victimising Bhatt after he filed a PIL alleging the SIT was leaking information on the riots’ probe to a state law officer, and demanded the shifting of all 2002 riot-related cases outside the state.
Spokesman Manish Tewari said Bhatt’s PIL was a serious matter and pointed to the “extraordinary and peculiar” situation in the BJP-ruled state.
“Reports suggest there is a complete collusion of the Gujarat government with lawyers of the riot accused. We demand all riot-related cases be
transferred out of the state because so far action could be seen only in those cases where the hearing took place outside Gujarat.