This police officer has scant respect for truth, says HC
It was a harsh setback for a police officer named Sanjiv Bhatt, now undergoing life imprisonment in Gujarat, when his plea to suspend the sentence pending appeal was rejected by the High Court.
The Gujarat High Court mercilessly turned down the plea on the ground that he has misused court proceedings. The HC remarked that he had scant respect for courts and deserves no sympathy.
While he was Addl SP in Jamnagar, a person named Prabhudas died in custody in 1990. For a long time, the trial was delayed and the prosecutor alleged he had deliberately got it delayed. At last the trial was over in June this year and he was found guilty and punished as it was proved to be a custodial death. He is now undergoing life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Sanjiv Bhatt approached the Gujarat High Court with an appeal and prayed for suspension of the sentence. He told the Court that trial was vitiated and that independent witnesses were not examined and it was a cooked up case on political considerations. He had also accused Modi crying for his blood while he was Gujarat CM.
The high court said that his allegations regarding the trial are matters to be examined by the Court at the time of hearing the appeal.
The HC observed that there is no reason to suspend the sentence now as prima facie the court is satisfied by the conviction he has been awarded. He does not deserve any consideration and that even the Supreme Court has pointed out that he has misused court proceedings for his own purposes.