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Modi govt slaps one more case on Sanjiv Bhatt

india Updated: Oct 22, 2011 03:14 IST
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Sanjiv Bhatt

Gujarat police have slapped one more case on suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for allegedly supplying false information for not appearing before the police on September 30 after being summoned.

The case is non-cognizable and has been filed in the Ahmedabad sessions court. In a non-cognizable offence, police can neither register an FIR nor can investigate or effect arrest without the express permission or directions from the court.

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Bhatt had reportedly told the Ahmedabad police he could not be present on September 30 because he was scheduled to appear before the Justice Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots in the state.

However, the police claimed it found Bhatt had lied, as the commission had not called him.

The complaint was filed by assistant commissioner of police NC Patel, who is investigating the case against Bhatt for allegedly forcing constable KD Pant to "file a false affidavit" and "fabricating evidence" against chief minister Narendra Modi.

A police official said sessions court judge BJ Doshi had issued summons and ordered a probe. The complaint was registered under IPC sections 172 and 173, the official added.

Bhatt, who has accused Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots, was arrested on September 30 on the basis of Pant's complaint. He was released on bail on October 17.

Pant had accused Bhatt in June of forcing him to file a false affidavit to support his claim that he was present at a meeting called by Modi on February 27, 2002, hours after the Godhra train burning in which 59 passengers, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya were killed.

In April, Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating Modi had told the police at the meeting to "let Hindus vent their anger". More than 1,200 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots after the train carnage.