Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta says ‘The Relentless Fight is On’
IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was given life imprisonment in a custodial death case that happened in 1990, 29 years after the incident. The case that went on for 3 decades finally was asked by the SC to complete the trial by June 20. The IPS officer’s wife Shweta Bhatt says the primary aim is to bring back Sanjiv home and she will fight relentlessly. Shweta had posted an emotional Facebook post and is challenging the sessions court order. Running from pillar to post, she is stern on avenging the punishment. mathrubhumi.com caught up with Shweta through email, where she seemed confident to fight the case. She is ready to unite and fight the fascist regime though with little help from outside.
Sanjiv Bhatt had several clashes with the BJP govt right from the beginning. Do you think the sentencing of Sanjiv Bhatt was vindictive?
Sanjiv is the primary witness to the inaction and complacency of the state administration in the 2002 Gujarat violence. His depositions and exhaustive affidavits contained incriminating material suggesting the state’s complicity and deliberate inaction during the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Ever since 2002, Sanjiv has been continuously and vindictively targeted by the government. The victimisation only kept increasing over the years.
What was witnessed on the June 20,2019, was nothing but a blatant example of political vendetta, wherein Sanjiv was not only maliciously and falsely framed, but was denied a fair trial and convicted for a crime he did not commit.
Sanjiv is paying the heavy price of not buckling under political pressure, of standing up against the fascist political regime, of doing his duty with utmost honour and diligence and of continuing to relentlessly fight to bring the perpetuators of hate and communal violence to justice.
Do you plan to challenge the sessions court order? How do you plan to go about it in the coming days?
There has been a gross miscarriage of justice and an upright officer has been incarcerated for doing his duty. Sanjiv dedicated his life fighting for the victims of this fascist regime, now it is our turn to fight for him. We shall be challenging the session courts order in the Gujarat High court.
Do you think you are fighting a lone battle? Do you think the police force remained silent spectators right through and after the court judgment? Did you get any help from them?
There are quite a few of them who reached out and extended their support. However, it seems there is a fear of doing.
You have said in a FB post that the sentencing was a blatant miscarriage of justice? Are you planning to garner support with like-minded parties to bring out the truth?
My sole focus right now is to get justice for Sanjiv and bring him back home. There has been a lot of support pouring in from all like-minded people, and I am immensely grateful for that. In these dark times, it is imperative that we all fight together relentlessly. Like I have said earlier, it is time for action and not words. All of us need to unite and fight this fascist regime.
In an alleged drug planting case, the CBI had arrested Sanjiv Bhatt. Your house too was demolished by the municipal corporation. Was there any threat to your life at any point of time?
Following Sanjiv’s deposition and his subsequent submission of an affidavit in 2011, the SC having assessed the threat to Sanjiv’s and his family’s life, had directed the State Government to immediately dispatch Y- Category security to Sanjiv and his Family. While the state government never dispatched the court directed Y-Category security, the threat on Sanjiv continued to remain. In such dark times, there is a constant threat to Sanjiv and us.
Sanjiv Bhatt has been a vocal critic of the BJP government on social media platforms. Was your husband using social media to propagate his views and show his honesty?
Ours is a democratic country, wherein the citizens of this nation can exercise their freedom of speech in whatever platform they feel appropriate.
Sanjiv’s fight goes beyond a particular person or a particular party; it is against a specific ideology; one propagating fear and hate, intentionally spread by some for their own political and personal benefits. Sanjiv does not view India, his nation, as a simple piece of land where one only belongs because his ancestors belonged; he envisions it as a place of solace, where it should be possible to live a full life and enjoy freedom to its fullest form, safe and at peace from within, without making any compromises with mind and soul, free from any hate and fear.
You contested against Modi in 2012 Assembly polls from Maninagar. Was it a protest to express anger against Modi?
The assembly elections against Narendra Modi in 2012 was a moral battle, one of principle and ideologies. It wasn’t a battle perpetuated by anger towards a particular individual; rather, it was a battle against a specific ideology.
For 2 decades, Sanjiv has been in and out of custody? How was the days during those times?
Sanjiv has not been in and out of jail for 2 decades. Sanjiv filed an affidavit in 2011 implicating Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other high government functionaries. As an immediate aftermath he was subsequently detained unlawfully for a few days. After that incident, this is the very first time Sanjiv was taken in custody.