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Karnataka Congress condemns arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt

Bangalore/Ahmedabad , Mon, 03 Oct 2011 ANI

Bangalore/Ahmedabad, Oct 3 (ANI): Activists of the opposition Congress Party in Karnataka on Monday condemned the arrest of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt by the Gujarat Police.


Scores of Congress members, workers of non-government organisations (NGOs) and human rights activists took to streets in Bangalore protesting Bhatt's arrest.


The anger against the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) Governments in Karnataka and Gujarat was evident through the 'disgracing slogans'.


Congress MLA Roshan Baig said that they were protesting against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was misusing his power against Bhatt as he had dared to raise his voice against him.


"Sri Narendra Modi went on Sadbhawna (harmony) fast in an air conditioned hall only to harass an honest officer. So these, our local protest, with the different organisations of Karnataka, NGOs, human rights organisations and the other political parties (are supporting us)," Baig told media persons in Bangalore.


Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Secretary Nafis Fathima also came out in full support of the whistleblower police officer.


"The motto behind today's agitation what it is, its not actually the problem of only one person you can say, it is the problem with the entire country. Because communalism wherever we see is growing so fast and you know, we have seen in Gujarat many of the other incidents, take up Godhra (riots) or any other incident, which have taken up only in Gujarat," said Fathima.


"We all are Indians so if a person comes to know that we are Indian first, then I don't think such situations will arise. The IPS officer (Sanjeev Bhatt), what has he done wrong? He has not done anything wrong. He has just uttered a truth," added Fathima.


A local court in Ahmedabad earlier in the day issued notice to the Gujarat Government on Sanjeev Bhatt's bail plea.


Sessions Court Judge V K Vyas, while issuing the notice to the Gujarat Government, fixed the hearing on Bhatt's bail plea for tomorrow.


Sanjeev Bhatt, who had accused Narendra Modi of misusing State machinery during the post-Godhra riots, was arrested on Friday in connection with a complaint regarding coercion of a subordinate.


Bhatt's lawyer I. H. Sayyed, who filed a bail plea in the Ahmedabad local court today said the sections under which his client has been charged are not applicable in the facts of this case.


"Today, we have filed bail application in the case of Mr Sanjeev Bhatt and the matter is listed for hearing for tomorrow, so probably by tomorrow matter would be heard. Grounds are there are legal grounds and prima-facie we are saying that these sections under which I am charged is not prima-facie applicable in the facts of the case, so maximum these are the grounds we have taken," said Sayyed.


Bhatt was arrested on a complaint filed by K.D. Pant, who worked as a subordinate with Bhatt in the state Intelligence Bureau.


According to Pant's complaint, Bhatt had forced him to file an affidavit in which Modi had been named.


Bhatt has been locked in a public confrontation with Modi after he had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing the Chief Minister of complicity in the 2002 riots. Bhatt was also served a charge sheet by Gujarat Home Department in connection with his alleged unauthorised absence from duty. (ANI)


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