Three Years of Sanjiv Bhatt’s Wrongful Incarceration in a Fabricated Case

On September 5, 2021, Shewta Bhatt, wife of falsely incarcerated Sanjiv Bhat tweeted

This is Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt, Today marks 3 years of Sanjiv’s wrongful incarceration in a fabricated case. 1095 days since Sanjiv has been languishing in Jail.

Sanjiv Bhatt, the former IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre was arrested on September 5, 2018, in the drug case, which is still under trial.

In June 2019 a court in Gujarat sentenced  Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was the Additional Superintendent of Police in Jamnagar district. 

On October 30, 1990, Bhatt detained around 150 people following a communal riot in Jamjodhpur town after a ‘bandh’ call against the halting of veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s ‘rath yatra’ for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

One of those arrested, Prabhudas Vaishnani, died in a hospital after his release by the police. Subsequently, his brother lodged an FIR accusing Bhatt and six other police men of killing his sibling by torturing him while he was in police detention.

Sanjiv Bhatt was already in jail in a separate case related to drug planting and falsely implicating a lawyer in alleged possession of drug that goes back to 1996 when he was the Superintendent of Police in Banaskantha district. 

He is known for his role in filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India against then Chief Minister of the Government of Gujarat, Narendra Modi concerning Modi’s alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. 

He has been vocal about the Gujarat riots and the persecutions of Muslims under the regime current Prime minister of India. 

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