Custodial Death Case: Bhatt Charged With Murder
A local court today framed charges of murder and other offences against suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has been at loggerheads with Narendra Modi government, and six other accused policemen in a 22-year-old case of custodial torture.

Jamkhambaliya Sessions judge N T Solanki, after rejecting the applications of the accused policemen, today completed the process of framing charges and fixed December 4 for recording of evidence.

Apart from Bhatt, who has alleged complicity of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 post-Godhra riots, the six accused policemen are Dipak Bhagwandas Shah, Keshubhai Jadeja, Shailesh Pandya, Pravinsinh Jorubha Jhala, Pravinsinh Babubhai Jhala and Anopsinh Jethwa.

The case pertains to the death of one Prabhudas Vaishnani who allegedly succumbed to injuries inflicted on him while in custody at the Jamkhambaliya police station. The police had allegedly thrashed him on the night of October 30, 1990.

Bhatt was Assistant Superintendent of Police then in Jamnagar. He had arrested Vaishnani and more than 100 other people for rioting and other offences. They were protesting the arrest of BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani who had embarked on the Rath Yatra at that time.

The court framed charges against all the seven accused in the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) including 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506(1) (criminal intimidation) read either with 114 (abetment) or 34 (common intent).

"After the delay of so many years, finally the trial has commenced and now the first thing we have to do is to finalise the list of witnesses whom we want to examine," said public prosecutor Vimal Chotai.

Prabhudas's brother, Amrutlal Vaishnani, had lodged a complaint against Bhatt and six other policemen in the case.
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12/D-16
Nov 10, 2012
03:11 AM

Ghai,

>>  Bhat did destroy both the kidneys of the man in his custody and caused his death .
But sure Bhat is your Payara so 7 Khoons mauf !

Do you understand English? I said (comment # 6), "Police officers who beat up detainees must be brought to justice."

Anwaar, Dallas
11/D-116
Nov 09, 2012
10:32 PM

>>>>> What you say of Osama killing at hands of Seals or Daily Drone liquidations of Talibanies ?? Do you ever protested for them too ?

When did I ever protest killing of anyome in a fake encounter? Can you please show me one instance that I did.. I was merely pointing out that you are not in a position to decide which encounter is fake and which encounter is true.  That said, I am against all extraJudicail killngs no matter where it happens and I am against death sentence. I also will let the courts be the one to make the decision of once guilt or innocence. Unfortunately that in many cases takes years and some are declared innoent atfer many decades.

Suresh Kamath, Edison
10/D-97
Nov 09, 2012
07:33 PM

Faruki

Americans don't kill a man in custody but Bhat did destroy both the kidneys of the man in his custody and caused his death .

But sure Bhat is your Payara so 7 Khoons mauf !

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI, Mumbai
9/D-66
Nov 09, 2012
02:24 PM

Ghai,

>> USA is within its rights to liquidate criminals to safe gaurd the intersts of its Nation and we appreciate USA's efforts.

Americans do not liquidate people who are already in custody. Osama was a special case, being apprehended deep inside hostile territory, and certain to resist transportation out of his hiding place, thus putting American soldiers' lives in danger. There were other reasons too for liquidating him. I think the American government made the right decision.

Anwaar, Dallas
8/D-45
Nov 09, 2012
11:51 AM

 And Mr Kamat and Faruki 

What you say of Osama killing at hands of Seals or Daily Drone liquidations of Talibanies ?? Do you ever protested for them too ? 

USA is within its rights to liquidate criminals to safe gaurd the intersts of its Nation and we appreciate USA's efforts .So are we right  if we also liquidate Jihadi Terrorists or even Saffron Terrorists .

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI, Mumbai
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