GUJRAT: On Wednesday, former IPS Sanjiv Bhatt withdrew his plea application from the Supreme Court seeking suspension of his life Imprisonment. Sanjiv Bhatt is a prime accused in a 30-year-old custodial death case.
Kapil Sibbal, the counsel for the accused informed a bench of Justices M R Shah and B V Nagarathna that Gujarat High Court is hearing his appeal against conviction on a regular basis.
He sought permission to withdraw the petition and said the High Court be asked to deal with the matter as per law. The Supreme Court ordered that the appeal in the High Court shall be decided in accordance with the law on merits and the matter was dismissed as withdrawn.
Earlier, Gujrat High Court rejected Bhatt’s sentence and observed he had had scant respect for the Courts and had deliberately tried to misuse the process of law and was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2019.
The said case is related to the custodial death of Prabhudas Vaishnani (30), who was among 133 people caught by Jamnagar police after a communal riot broke out following a bandh call in view of BJP leader L K Advani’s Rath Yatra. The victim’s brother filed an FIR against Bhatt and six other policemen for killing his brother by torturing him while he was in police detention.
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