Guj govt challenges court rejecting remand of Bhatt

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government today challenged in the sessions court here a magisterial court`s order denying remand of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, arrested for allegedly threatening and forcing a constable to sign a false affidavit.

Bhatt was arrested on September 30 in connection with an FIR filed against him by police constable K D Pant in June for allegedly threatening him and making him sign false affidavits regarding a meeting called by Chief Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002, hours after the Godhra train carnage.

On October 1, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate B G Doshi had rejected the state government`s demand for seven days police custody of Bhatt and remanded him in judicial custody.

Sessions Judge G N Patel, while admitting the government`s petition seeking revision of the magistrate`s order, issued a notice to Bhatt, which was served to him inside Sabarmati Central Jail, here and scheduled the hearing for tomorrow.

The government challenged the magistrate`s order and sought Bhatt`s custody on the grounds that it wanted to know how the IPS officer had used the affidavits signed by Pant.

It further contended that Bhatt`s custody was required to find out about others involved in the conspiracy, and also to ascertain whether the IPS officer had sent the affidavits to somebody using emails.

The government further said that it also wanted to know how many bank lockers did Bhatt have and what was inside them.

Bhatt has also filed for bail in the sessions court, which issued a notice to the state government and the DGP. The court is likely to hear the bail petition tomorrow.