A sessions court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday rejected the Gujarat government’s application opposing hearing of the bail plea of arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
Sessions judge VK Vyas adjourned the hearing on Bhatt's bail till October 7 after partly hearing arguments of his lawyer.
The government had argued that a plea seeking police remand of the suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was pending before another judge of the court.
Now, Vyas will hear Bhatt’s bail plea the same day another judge hears the pending police remand application. The court hearing the remand application had reserved its order for Friday. Bhatt, arrested on September 30, is in judicial custody at Sabarmati Central Jail.
The IPS officer, who had accused Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots in the state after the Godhra train burning, was arrested in connection with a complaint by police constable KD Pant.
Pant, who was Bhatt’s driver during the riots, alleged his boss had forced him to sign a false affidavit.
The affidavit claimed Bhatt had attended a meeting called by Modi on February 27, 2002, hours after the Godhra carnage in which 59 passengers, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed.
The train burning had triggered communal riots across Gujarat and more than 1,200 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the following four months.
During the hearing of Bhatt’s bail plea, his lawyer IH Saiyad argued Pant’s complaint could not be relied upon because he had changed his statement many times.