Bhatt case: Lawyer files anticipatory bail plea

Ahmedabad: Advocate V H Kanara, who had prepared the affidavit in IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt case, today filed for anticipatory bail at a court here, which issued restrain order against his arrest till October 20. Sessions Judge V K Vyas, hearing Kanara`s anticipatory bail plea, also issued a notice to the state government directing it to file a reply in two days.

Issuing a restrain order, the court asked the state government to inform the police not to arrest Kanara till October 20, when hearing on the plea would take place. Kanara had prepared the affidavit of constable K D Pant, who alleged that Bhatt had made him sign it by force.

Bhatt was arrested after Pant filed an FIR against him, accusing him of threatening a public servant, fabricating evidence, and wrongful confinement. Bhatt was granted bail by a local court yesterday.

Kanara has alleged that police was pressuring him to give a statement against state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia and say that apart from Bhatt, Modhvadia was also involved in preparing the affidavit and pressurising Pant.

He said given the attitude of the state he anticipated arrest and hence he sought court relief. In his plea, Kanara has contended that the police had added section 120B (criminal Conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Bhatt`s case, which he came to know only yesterday.