Gujarat government today opposed in the High Court suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt's petition seeking relief in a 1990 case of alleged police atrocity in Jamnagar district, saying it was an attempt to delay criminal proceedings initiated against him.
Bhatt had approached the Gujarat HC challenging the state government's decision in July last to withdraw a plea seeking revision of a Jamnagar sessions court's order initiating criminal proceedings against him and six others in connection with the two-decade-old incident in which one person died.
Government Pleader Prakash Jani contended before Justice R H Shukla that Bhatt's petition was an attempt to delay the criminal proceedings against him.
The court, after hearing all the parties, reserved its order for October 10.
The petition was an attempt to abuse the process of law, Jani said and alleged Bhatt had suppressed facts from the High Court.
Jani said an application of Bhatt condoning the delay in framing of charges against him was already pending before the Jamnagar court. However, this fact was hidden from the High Court by Bhatt and his advocate.
The state counsel argued the government was well within its rights to withdraw its revision application filed in 1996.
Allegations by Bhatt that he was being targeted for speaking against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and alleging his complicity in 2002 post-Godhra riots were "baseless", Jani maintained.