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Sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt gets life imprisonment in 30-year-old custodial death case

Ahmedabad | Controversial and sacked IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt is been sentenced to life imprisonment in the 30-year-old custodial death case.

The Jamnagar court in Gujarat announced the sentence to Bhatt along with another accused Pravin Singh Jhala in the case. The case is dated back in 1990 when Bhatt was posted in Jamnagar as the Additional Superintendent of Police.

Bhatt has been convicted in the custodial death of Prabhudas Vaishnavi when he detained around 130 people on charges of riot in a band called during BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani’s Rath Vatra.

The sacked IPS officer is currently lodged in the Palanpur sub-jail since September 2018 in case of allegedly framing a lawyer for possession of drugs during his posting as Superintendent of Police in Gujarat’s Banaskantha.

Bhatt was sacked in 2015 after facing suspension since 2011 for remaining absent from duty without permission. The former IPS officer is known for testifying against the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection of the 2002 riots. He also claimed to be a part of the meeting where Modi said allegedly said let Hindu’s vent their anger after the train carrying Hindu pilgrims was burned in Godhra.

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