Setback for Modi govt, Sanjeev Bhatt's remand plea rejected

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Ahmedabad, Oct 5: A court in Ahmedabad overruled Gujarat police's plea to take suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt into police remand. Making the cops upset, the court on Wednesday, Oct 5 claimed that Bhatt now can directly appeal for his bail.

The court's decision, which might be a major setback for Narendra Modi's government, gave relief to Bhatt and his family who claimed that Bhatt has been victimised over "false allegations".

Bhatt was arrested on Sept 30 following a complaint stating that the suspended police officer (Bhatt) had forced a police constable, KD Pant to sign on an affidavit which says Pant was present in a meeting at Modi's residence on the eve of Godhra riots in 2002.

Bhatt accused Modi of not doing enough to avert the gruesome post-riot situation in Gujarat. Many people were killed during the post-riot period.

Earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister's Office had asked Gujarat government to provide proper protection to jailed Bhatt and to his family. The direction from HMO came after Bhatt's wife, Sweat wrote a letter to P Chidambaram seeking help from the central government.

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