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Former Gujarat IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt Arrested For Framing False Charges Against A Lawyer

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| September 5 , 2018 , 13:50 IST

The Gujrat Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday arrested Gujrat cadre ex Indian Police Service (IPS) Official Sanjiv Bhatt over a 1998 case related to falsely framing a lawyer in a fake narcotics case.

Director General of Police, Crime Investigation Department (CID), Ashish Bhatia said, “Bhatt and seven others, including some former policemen attached with the Banaskatha Police, were detained for questioning in the case.”

he Banaskatha Police under Bhatt had arrested Sumersingh Rajpurohit, an advocate, in 1996 on charges of possessing around one kg of drugs. At that time, the Banaskanta Police had claimed that drugs were found in a hotel room occupied by Rajpurohit in the district's Palanpur town.

However, the Rajasthan Police’s investigation suggested the Rajpurohit was falsely arrested by the police. It had also found that Rajpurohit was allegedly abducted by the Banaskatha Police from his residence at Pali in Rajasthan.

Bhatt was dismissed from the Indian Police Services (IPS) in 2015 for taking on the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi's administration for the 2002 Gujarat riots. In 2011, Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing Modi of being complicit in the 2002 riots.

Sanjiv Bhatt was sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 for "unauthorised absence" from service.