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Supreme Court Grants No Relief To Former IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt, Dismisses His Wife's Petition

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| October 4 , 2018 , 17:04 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the wife of former IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt challenging his detention in relation to a 22-year-old drug planting case.

A three-judge bench headed by newly appointed Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph held that the facts of the case are highly contentious, and the Court is not inclined to intervene at this point.

The Court held that Bhatt could apply for regular bail and could approach the High Court in accordance with the law “if so advised” and specified that the “dismissal of this petition will not come in the way of moving an appropriate Court“

A two-judge bench of Chief Justice Gogoi (then not the CJI) and Justice Navin Sinha had on September 24 issued a notice to the State of Gujarat on the petition filed by Sanjiv’s wife Shweta Bhatt.

The bench had emphasized on the gravity of the allegation made by Ms. Bhatt, asserting that it raises the issue of great and substantial importance as it involves the State virtually preventing citizens from approaching the Supreme Court.

Mr. Bhatt has been in the custody of Gujarat CID since September 5, in the 22-year-old case. The Gujarat High Court had earlier this month, allowed Gujarat police’s revision application for taking him into 10 days police custody.