SC turns down Sanjiv Bhatt's plea seeking an SIT probe, clears way for proceedings against him
SC on Tuesday dismissed the plea of sacked Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt seeking a court-monitored SIT probe in relation to the two FIRs lodged against him.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of sacked Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt seeking a court-monitored SIT probe in relation to the two FIRs lodged against him for allegedly forcing his subordinate to file an affidavit in a 2002 riots case and hacking email of a law officer.
The bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra also said the trial in these two cases be conducted "expeditiously."
Bhatt, who had earlier sought a CBI inquiry into the two FIRs, later changed his prayer and sought a court-monitored SIT probe on the grounds that now the persons against whom he has certain grievances, are now running the government at the centre.
The former IPS officer had also sought to implead BJP president Amit Shah, the then MoS Home in the state government and RSS functionary S Gurumurthy as parties in his petition, which was also rejected.
The IPS officer, dismissed from service on August 18 this year, had filed the petition in the apex court in 2011 against the lodging of FIRs against him by the Gujarat Police.
On September 23, the apex court had reserved its verdict after the Gujarat government had rubbished the claim of Bhatt that he was present at a meeting to discuss the law and order situation during the 2002 communal violence at residence of the then chief minister.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Bhatt, had alleged collusion among top state government functionaries, the then Additional Advocate General, the then minister of state for home and some lawyers for the accused and sought court-monitored SIT probe into Bhatt's claims.
Jaising had argued that an SIT probe, instead of seeking a CBI investigation, was needed to inquire into the "collusion of the highest order" as the then chief minister is now the Prime Minister and the then AAG is now the Additional Solicitor General of India.
Senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao, appearing for then Additional Advocate General Tushar Mehta, had alleged that Bhatt was trying to revive whatever happened since 2002.
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The apex court has also imposed costs of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner, which was filed by former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi