SC rejects Sanjiv Bhatt’s 2002 Gujarat riots plea against BJP chief Amit Shah

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Sanjay Bhatt, Gujarat Riots, Amit ShahThe Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea to make BJP chief Amit Shah, and S Gurumurthy, as parties to his petitions, alleging their harassment for certain disclosures in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. Bhatt said Shah and Gurumurthy were “part of the larger design to subvert the course of justice”, before the SC and the trial court.

A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu also lifted a stay on Bhatt’s trial in two cases and discarded his petition which had initially sought taking away the probe from Gujarat police. Bhatt has been named as an accused in two FIRs.

He has been accused of coercing a police constable to depose before a commission inquiring into the riots in the first case and the second FIR has been filed by former Gujarat additional advocate general, Tushar Mehta for allegedly hacking his emails.

The top court also approved action against Bhatt for allegedly hacking the email account of former Gujarat advocate. Bhatt had requested the apex court to set up a special investigation team to probe the then state law officer’s series of emails that he said indicated a serious conspiracy to subvert justice.

He claimed these emails demonstrated complicity of Gujarat government with Shah, and others who were being investigated for the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Bhatt had recently moved a fresh plea, saying Shah and some other people should be made parties to his petition since the emails showed their collusion.

He urged the top court to set up a special investigation team to probe the two FIRs against him, contending he did not have faith on CBI anymore.

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