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Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt comes out of jail after 18 days

Monday October 17, 2011 03:30:24 PM, IANS

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Ahmedabad: A court here Monday granted bail to arrested police officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 communal riots.

"At 11 a.m. today (Monday), the court pronounced the judgment and granted Sanjiv Bhatt bail," Bhatt's counsel I.H. Sayed told reporters here.

He was arrested Sep 30 for allegedly forcing a police constable, K.D. Panth, to sign a false affidavit about his attending a meeting called by Modi soon after the Godhra train burning that sparked the riots.

The officer's wife Shweta Bhatt told reporters that she was relieved at the development.

"I am am feeling really good and after 18 days I will meet him. My faith in judiciary has further strengthened after this," she said.

 

Meanwhile, a pleased Sanjiv Bhatt was greeted by loud cheers as he walked out of the Sabarmati jail here after being granted bail.

"I am happy that the rule of law has prevailed and this would be a victory for hope," a composed Bhatt told reporters outside the jail.

Rose petals were showered on him and his supporters shouted slogans in his support as he left the jail.

A court here Monday granted bail to Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 communal riots.

He was arrested Sep 30 for allegedly forcing a police constable, K.D. Panth, to sign a false affidavit about his attending a meeting called by Modi soon after the Godhra train burning that sparked the riots.



 

 

 

 

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