SC decline to hear ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea seeking security for family

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, on Friday (February 8) declined to hear former Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea seeking security for his family.

The top court’s bench of justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer asked Bhat to approach the Gujarat High Court with the request.

Shweta and her son Shantanu escaped a car accident in Ahmedabad on 7th Januaray with minor injuries. Soon after the accident, Bhatt through his counsel had moved the apex court demanding adequate security for his family members.

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Shweta has alleged the accident that took place a day before the scheduled hearing (of Sanjiv Bhatt’s bail plea) in the Gujarat HC was an intimidation tactic by the BJP as Bhatt has been a vocal critic of PM Modi.

On September 5 last year, Bhatt was arrested by the Gujarat police’s crime investigation department (CID) in a case filed by Sumersingh Rajpurohit, a Rajasthan-based lawyer, back in 1996.

Singh had accused Bhatt and other six of framing him on charges of possessing around 1 kg of drugs when he was posted as superintendent of police at Banaskantha district in 1996.

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On October 4 last year, the apex court had dismissed a plea filed by Bhatt’s wife challenging the police probe and his judicial custody in connection with a two-decade-old case of alleged planting of banned drugs to arrest an advocate.

The court had asked Bhatt’s wife to approach an “appropriate forum” for relief.

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