Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced for life imprisonment in 1989 custodial death case

A Jamnagar based sessions court on Thursday sentenced former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for life imprisonment in a 1989 custodial death case.

The case dates back to 1990 when Sanjiv Bhatt was posted as Additional Superintendent of Police in the state’s Jamnagar district. He had detained approximately 150 people during a communal riot in Jam Jodhpur town. One of those arrested, Prabhudas Vaishnani, died in hospital after his release.

Prabhudas Vaishnani’s brother had lodged a first information report (FIR) naming Sanjv Bhatt and six other policemen, alleging them of torturing him while in detention.

Bhatt was suspended from services in 2011 on charges of remaining absent from duty without permission and misuse of official vehicles and later sacked in August 2015.

Justice Sonia Gokani of Gujarat High Court, in April, had ordered for a speedy trial in the special criminal application filed by the brother of the deceased, instructing that hearings be conducted in the matter on a day-to-day basis.
Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, is currently in judicial custody in a 22-year old drug planting case of Banaskantha, in a Palanpur jail.