The Crime Branch of the Gujarat Police detained Sanjiv Bhatt, a former IPS officer who was being held in the Palanpur prison, on July 12. The Crime Branch has taken over Sanjiv Bhatt from Banaskantha jail.
Days prior to the arrest, the Gujarat riots case led to the detention of activist Teesta Setalvad and former senior officer RB Sreekumar by the police. They were both detained for allegedly falsifying evidence, and the court sentenced them to 14 days in judicial detention.
“In the Gujarat riots case, the Crime Branch has arrested one more person for embezzling funds and forging documents. Former IPS Sanjiv Bhatt has been arrested on a transfer warrant. Crime Branch has taken over Sanjiv Bhatt from Banaskantha jail,” news agency ANI tweeted.
In 1990, Bhatt was arrested in relation to the fatality that occurred under his care. He was given a life sentence by a Jamnagar Sessions Court. On Tuesday, the Crime Branch removed him from custody and sent him to Ahmedabad.
It is notable that the Supreme Court recently criticised Teesta Setalvad, Sreekumar, and Bhatt for fabricating evidence in their ruling in the Zakia Jafri Case. In a clear statement, the court said that Setalvad instructed the witnesses during the hearings and “kept the kettle boiling in the subject.”
The SIT inquiry into the case revealed that the claims made by Bhatt and Sreekumar that then-Chief Minister Narendra Modi was responsible for allowing the riots to continue were untrue, the supreme court had stated. In addition, the court found that the accusations made by the two against the top authorities’ inactivity were false.
Following the ruling by the supreme court, the Gujarat Police Crime Branch filed a complaint against the three under Indian Penal Code Sections 468, 471, 194, 211, 218 and 120(B).