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Ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sent to judicial custody by Metropolitan Court

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Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has been sent to judicial custody by a Metropolitan court, after his remand ended on July 20.

Bhatt was granted remand by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on July 13 for investigation in a case linked to the 2002 Gujarat riots, where former DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad are co-accused.

The Special investigation team have not sought further remand of Bhatt on Wednesday.

The Gujarat crime branch has filed case against DGP R.B. Sreekumar and Teesta Setalvad following an order by the Supreme Court on June 24, which said they wanted “to keep the pot boiling for ulterior design” in connection with Gujarat riots cases.

On June 25 , a case was registered under sections 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence), 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure), 218 (public servant framing incorrect record), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) read with 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

Bhatt was put in Palanpur jail in Banaskantha from the year 2018 for planting narcotics to frame a Rajasthan-based lawyer.
He was also convicted for life in a custodial death case.

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