Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Sanjiv Bhatt: No compromise with Guj govt

From Economic Times 

AHMEDABAD: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Tuesday said he would rather spend more time in jail than "compromise" with the Gujarat government . A local court on Tuesday proposed Bhatt could get bail if he agreed to three hours of police remand and helped cops access his bank lockers.

Bhatt rejected the offer and said he would rather remain in jail than "compromise with goondao ane lukkhao (goons and ruffians)".

There was a stalemate in court after the state government demanded permission to interrogate Bhatt custody. Bhatt though insisted on the hearing of his bail plea. Principal district judge G N Patel said he would readily grant bail if Bhatt agreed to the three-hour police remand.

After Bhatt refused, he was sent to the Sabarmati Central Jail. Bhatt's counsel I H Syed on Tuesday opposed the state government's revision application seeking seven-day remand . Bhatt questioned the maintainability of the revision application.

When hearing on Bhatt's bail plea began in the court of additional sessions judge V K Vyas, special public prosecutor S V Raju objected. Raju said the remand revision plea should be heard first to prevent conflicting orders by two different courts. He said if Bhatt got bail, the remand revision application would become infructuous. Both applications should be heard together, he said

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