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Sanjeev Bhatt granted bail, Setalvad lauds decision of Ahmedabad sessions court

Ahmedabad , Mon, 17 Oct 2011 ANI

Ahmedabad, Oct 17 (ANI): Terming the granting of bail to Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt to be a victory of justice, human rights activist Teesta Setalvad on Monday said the decision of the sessions court in Ahmedabad would re-establish people's faith in the judicial system.


"The decision of the session's court in Ahmedabad granting bail to Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt is a victory for the lower judiciary and it is a victory for its independence and integrity in this case and it reaffirms the faith of the common man in the judiciary," said Teesta Setalvad.


"The step taken by the Gujarat government was vindictive and aimed to terrorise a witness like Zakia Jafri and citizens for justice and peace case. And therefore, it is a victory also for justice," added


Bhatt was arrested for allegedly forcing his subordinate to file a false affidavit against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, implicating him in the 2002 Godhra riots.


Session Judge V K Vyas granted bail on the condition that Bhatt would cooperate with the investigation and would remain present when called for.


Bhatt had earlier moved bail application on October 3, which was opposed by the state government.


Bhatt, who had accused Narendra Modi of misusing the State machinery during the post-Godhra riots, was arrested on September 30.


He was arrested on a complaint filed by constable 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. (ANI)


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