Bail order on arrested IPS officer reserved till Friday
Refusing to relent in his open war against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, arrested Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt told an Ahmedabad court on Tuesday that he will not compromise with the Modi government since ''it is a battle of principles'' he is fighting.
Bhatt made these remarks in the court when his bail plea was being heard. During the hearing the judge suggested a way Bhatt could get bail.
“The police want to search your lockers. You can take them to the bank, show the lockers and then I can give you bail.” But an unrelenting Bhatt responded: “I am ready to remain in jail for however long it takes. But I won’t compromise,” he told the packed court.
Even as the battle is continuing in the court and outside, Bhatt’s advocate claimed that the police are trying to use delaying tactics to ensure Bhatt stays in jail.
“This is only a deliberate tactic to delay his bail hearing,” said his lawyer I H Syed. After the hearing the judge reserved the order for Wednesday. Meanwhile, a local court reserved the state government’s revision petition challenging the rejection of its police custody plea till Friday.
Centre assessing threat
The arrest has had political repercussions as well. A day after Bhatt's wife Shweta wrote to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram saying she feared for her husband's life, the home ministry has asked the Gujarat government to provide Bhatt security. Sources said that the Centre is also independently assessing the threat to Bhatt’s life.
Murdered Gujarat Minister Haren Pandya’s wife has also made a similar appeal to the home minister saying she’s under surveillance.
Meanwhile, complainant constable K D Panth on Tuesday denied the allegations of being pressured for filing the first information report before the media. He has said that he has lodged the FIR basing on the situations he has been through and there is no question on anyone forcing him for filing the complaint. “I have mentioned everything in the FIR. I was made to sign the affidavit through wrong means,” Panth claimed.
Several activists and Bhatt supporters continued to hold protest demonstration in Ahmedabad against his arrest.