Guj govt to recover Rs 1 lakh from IPS officer Bhatt

Guj govt to recover Rs 1 lakh from IPS officer Bhatt

The amount would be recovered from Bhatt within one month, government sources said today.

The NHRC had ordered compensation of Rs one lakh for one advocate Sumer Singh of Pali, Rajasthan after it was convinced about his allegations that Bhatt, who was the then Superintendent of Police of Banaskantha district, had filed a false case against him under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act.

At that time the state government had paid the amount to Singh. But now the state government has decided to recover the Rs one lakh from Bhatt within a month, the sources said.

In his complaint with the NHRC, Singh had alleged that to get a shop in possession of his brother vacant, he was wrongly booked under NDPS and taken into police custody on the intervening night of May 2-3, 1996 by Bhatt. And later after the shop was vacated he was let off by the police in Banaskantha, where Bhatt was SP.

NHRC, in its order, had observed that there was violation of the human rights of Singh and taking into consideration the seriousness of the issue, a compensation of Rs one lakh was awarded to Singh.

Bhatt had recently filed an affidavit in Supreme Court alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting held at his residence on February 27, 2002, asked police to go slow on rioters and allow them to vent their ire.

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