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Oct 10, 2011 at 08:01am IST

Sanjeev Bhatt's bail plea hearing today

New Delhi: Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt's bail plea is expected to come up for hearing on Monday. It's coming at a time when 35 IPS officers in Gujarat have pledged their support to the Bhatt's family but the DGP of the state Chitaranjan Singh is still trying to play down that support.

A day after Gujarat's seniormost police officers came out in open support of anti-Modi IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, the DGP stated that legal cases against Bhatt will be decided by courts.

"The association has done it. That's all I can say. If some officer has done something wrong, the courts will look into it. The courts are looking into it. If the family needs something, it is our duty," Chitaranjan Singh, DGP Gujarat said.

Earlier, 35 members of the IPS Officers' Association resolved to support Bhatt's family, many calling it the first such act of defiance in Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's 10 year long regime.

In fact, more and more cops are now openly expressing support for Bhatt, who took on Modi over his alleged role in the 2002 riots.

Retired Gujarat police chief R B Sreekumar, who was also allegedly victimized for taking an anti-Modi stand, says this is a significant change.

"This act of the IPS officers will act as a deterrence against such actions in future," he said.

Shweta Bhatt, Wife of Sanjeev Bhatt, said, "I am very happy with the kind of support and it's good to see that the officers are united."

Senior cops who have fought legal battles against the Gujarat government in the past haven't seen this kind of support. Bhatt's bail application is likely to be decided on Monday.