Mumbai: Sanjiv Bhatt, the sacked Gujarat-cadre IPS officer has been sentenced to life by a Jamnagar court in connection with a 30-year-old custodial death case.
The Supreme Court had last week refused to entertain Bhatt’s plea seeking examination of 11 additional witnesses in the case.
The sacked IPS officer had moved the apex court saying that examination of these 11 witnesses was crucial for arriving at a just and fair decision in the case.
He was suspended in 2011 on charges of remaining absent from duty without permission and misuse of official vehicles, and later sacked in August 2015.
Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police in Gujarat’s Jamnagar at the time of the incident.
According to the prosecution, Bhatt had detained more than hundred persons during a communal riot there and one of the detainees had died in hospital after he was released.