Following a complaint by a junior officer, KD Pant, Bhatt has been arrested from Gandhinagar. The police constable alleged that Mr Bhatt forced him to back his allegations on record against the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi.
The suspended IPS officer has been arrested under Indian Penal Code Section 341 (wrongful restraint), Section 342 (wrongful confinement) and Section 195 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of offence punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment).
Bhatt, who received nation-wide recognition following his allegations against Modi, was suspended as he failed to report on work and allegedly used a government-given car despite being absent from duty.
Bhatt accused Modi of arranging a meeting in his (Modi's) house on the eve of Godhra riot asking police to allow Hindus to show their rage against the Muslims.