Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt has challenged before the high court the Gujarat government's decision to withdraw its petition seeking revision of a Jamnagar court's order initiating criminal proceedings against him, in a two-decade-old case.
A person had died allegedly due to police beating during a communal flare-up in Jamkhambhliya taluka of Jamnagar in 1990, when Bhatt was posted there as DySP. Local court later initiated criminal proceedings against him and six others.
In the petition -- likely to come up tomorrow -- Bhatt has alleged that State Government was acting with a bias against him because he had accused Chief minister Narendra Modi of misusing state machinery during post-Godhra riots in his affidavit before the Supreme Court.
He has sought a direction from the high court to the government that revision application be restored.
Khambhaliya court, where the case is going on, last month month issued bailable warrant against Bhatt after he failed to appear.
In July, government withdrew its petition which had sought revision of lower court's order initiating criminal proceedings. Government lawyer said that since state is the prosecutor in all criminal cases, it could not defend the officers simultaneously by seeking revision of trial court's order.
This paved way for framing of charges against accused.
Following Bhatt's allegation against Modi with regard to handling of 2002 riots, he was suspended by the state government on August 8 for misconduct, unauthorised absence from duty, misuse of official vehicle and not appearing before departmental inquiry panel.