New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has denied reports that the Home Ministry is looking at the possibility of dismissing Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Shinde told CNN-IBN that no file recommending Bhatt's sacking has come to him as yet.
Bhatt, who has taken a strong anti-Narendra Modi stand, has been under suspension for two years. He is one of the accused in a 16-year-old case of custodial torture in Porbandar.
Bhatt, who was posted as SP in Porbandar in 1997, and constable Vajubhai Chau, are facing a trial for alleged custodial torture of a history-sheeter called Naran Sudha Jadav.
Jadav was arrested by Inspector MJ Parmar while investigating a case of smuggling of weapons and RDX from Pakistan, and taken to Porbandar from Sabarmati Central jail in Ahmedabad in July 1997.
Jadav later filed a complaint before the judicial magistrate in Porbandar, accusing Bhatt and Chau of custodial torture. In 2012, Bhatt had filed an application before the magistrate, seeking case diaries of the investigation officer.
The magistrate, in September 2012, rejected Bhatt's application, against which he went to the high court.
Bhatt has been in news in the recent past for making allegations against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi regarding handling of the 2002 riots.