Today, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had extended his support for disgraced cop Sanjiv Bhatt. In a tweet, Tharoor had said that he met with Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta Bhatt and his son Shantanu. Sanjiv Bhatt is an ex-Gujarat cop who was sentenced for life in a 30-year-old custodial death case.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 19, 2019
Last month the Supreme Court had rejected to entertain a plea by Sanjiv Bhatt seeking to examine 11 additional witnesses in a 1989 custodial death case. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for the Gujarat government, said that final argument is over in the 30-year-old custodial death case and the Jamnagar Sessions Court has reserved its verdict for June 20 or the first week of July.
On June 20, Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
He was sentenced for the 1989 custodial death case. Prabhudas Vaishnani had died in Gujarat’s Jamnagar while he was in the custody of the police. Bhatt was serving in the district as additional superintendent of police at that time. Besides this Bhatt had also detained more than a hundred persons during a communal riot in Gujarat.
Bhatt is also known for spreading his anti-Modi propaganda. He had accused Prime Minister Modi of being complicit in the murder of Muslims during the 2002 Godhra case. However, the SIT set up by the apex court then had given Modi a clean chit.
The BBC which had reported on Bhatt’s case attempted to whitewash him by saying that a ‘whistleblower’ victim while lying about 59 Karsevaks burnt alive by a Muslim mob