No resolution to back Bhatt: DGP
Gujarat's in-charge director general of police (DGP) Chitaranjan Singh on Sunday said the state IPS officers' association had not resolved to support arrested officer Sanjiv Bhatt.Updated: Oct 10, 2011 02:22 IST
Gujarat's in-charge director general of police (DGP) Chitaranjan Singh on Sunday said the state IPS officers' association had not resolved to support arrested officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
"It is nothing like that," he told mediapersons in Gandhinagar, replying to a query on the association passing a resolution at an emergency meeting in Ahmedabad on Saturday to stand by Bhatt's family.
After the meeting, three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Bhatt's batch had gone to his home. According to Bhatt's wife Shweta, the officers said the association would back Bhatt in his fight for truth.
Earlier, at the meeting, senior police officials had criticised Ahmedabad police commissioner Sudhir Sinha on his face over Bhatt's arrest and the search operations at his home, said sources privy to the development.
"The way he (Bhatt) and his family were treated suggests that subordinate policemen were asked to humiliate the fellow officer and his family," an inspector general-level official reportedly told Sinha.
The association's resolution said there was a feeling of witch-hunt of officials who had "taken on the establishment on one issue or another".
The association also resolved to give a memorandum to the state government to appoint full time DGP.
Sinha told HT, "I was present at the meeting for 30 minutes. During the time I was present, only one officer, Satish Verma (joint commissioner of police, traffic, Ahmedabad) was critical about the issue. I don't know who spoke after I left the meeting." He declined to elaborate.
Bhatt, who has accused chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots in the state, was arrested on September 30 for allegedly forcing constable KD Pant, who was his driver during the riots, to sign a false affidavit.
His bail plea will be heard by Ahmedabad sessions court on Monday.
First Published: Oct 10, 2011 00:44 IST