Chidambaram acts; Modi govt asked to protect Bhatt, family

P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Oct 4: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday, Oct 4 responded strongly against the Gujarat government while asking them to provide proper protection to Sanjeev Bhatt and his family.

Chidambaram's reaction came when Bhatt's wife, Sweta wrote a letter to the home ministry seeking help from the central government.

In her letter, Bhatt's wife Shweta reportedly detailed how her husband is being allegedly targeted by the state government and urged the Centre to ensure his safety.

Earlier, Sweta had written a letter to Gujarat DGP (Director General of Police) and Ahmedabad Commissioner citing that there is a threat to her husband's life. She also said in the letter that she does not trust the Gujarat Police.

Bhatt was arrested following an FIR filed against him by a police constable that alleged Bhatt to have pressurized and threatened the constable to sign a false affidavit regarding a high-level meeting called by Modi on Feb 27, 2002.

Bhatt had earlier claimed that he had other crucial evidence against the higher-ups involved in the Godhra riots but was not revealing the same since he was in custody. Bhatt had earlier come into the limelight after his damning revelations that cited Modi's complicity in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

However, on Tuesday, Bhatt refused to accept the court's proposal and refused to follow a "middle-path" to solve the impasse to get bail.

"There can be no compromise with the Modi government. This is a battle of principles. I am ready to remain in jail for however long it takes," stated Bhatt while attending the court proceeding on his bail plea on Tuesday.

Citing Bhatt's refusal to walk on the court suggested "middle path", the court reserved the bail hearing for Oct 7. Till then Bhatt will remain in judicial custody.

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