Guj police panting to get Bhatt in remand, plea adjourned

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Narendra Modi and Sanjeev Bhatt
Ahmedabad, Oct 7: Gujarat police seems desperate to get Sanjeev Bhatt's custody but hurdles continue to come on their way. A court adjourned the remand plea hearing till Oct 10.

The state police approached the court seeking Bhatt's custody after a session court rejected their (cops') plea to take suspended IPS officer into police remand.

However, the bail plea hearing will be held at the scheduled time and date, ie 3:30 pm on Friday, Oct 7.

Earlier the court's decision, which was 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 Sep 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, Sweta wrote a letter to P Chidambaram seeking help from the central government.

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