7th July 2019
I want My Sanjiv Back Home: Shweta Bhatt
“It is the case of fast track injustice by the court of law; very unfortunate” Shweta Bhatt, the wife of jailed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt by the political hegemony, told the media conference at the Press Club of India in the national capital here on Sunday afternoon organised by the rights forum, National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO).
“Because, he spoke truth before the Nanavathi Commission about perpetrators of 2002-Gujarat pogrom. It was the only reason to the Modi regime to target him” Shweta continued. “I want my Sanjiv back home. They have political power to oppress the voices of dissent. We want people’s power to get justice. It is not the issue of Sanjiv’s family; it is for all. Today it is Sanjiv; tomorrow anybody among you. Come on the streets; raise your voice louder for justice”, she appealed the nation.
“We wonder that the high profile criminals such as Babu Bajrangi, Maya Kodnani and so on were very leniently given bail by the courts of law. Then why not to my father, who served for the nation. If the constructed injustice prevails at all levels, where do we go? That’s why we come to the people; come to the media. We don’t want any favour from the justice delivery system; we want justice to be served us, in a fair manner” Shantanu said.
“There is no iota of evidence, in which Sanjiv was convicted. The conduct of case is arbitrary, unjust and unfair” Adv. K.P. Mohamad Shareef, Vice-Chairperson of NCHRO told.
Deepika S Rajawat, the lawyer of Asifa case in Srinagar, Abdul Wahid Sait, National Secretary of Popular Front of India and Prof. Nandita Narayana, Delhi University also attended the Press Conference.
Prior to the media conference, NCHRO conducted an Activists’ Meet in the forenoon of the same day at the Press Club on the topic “#The Nation Stands with Sanjiv Bhatt: Stop State Repression”.
Adv. K.P. Mohamad Shareef, Vice-Chairperson of NCHRO presided over the programme. Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff, National Secretary of NCHRO welcomed the gathering. Shweta Bhatt and Shantanu Bhatt addressed the event.
“Keep the religion and politics separate”, Shubhashini Ali, President of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) told the rulers. We should unite for the sake of the Constitution; not only for Sanjiv Bhatt. We should fight for the justice to Sanjiv. Shweta ji, don’t bother; we all are with you; we will win”, she said.
“We should go on more coordination and systematic to get justice. Not only Sanjiv Bhatt, but also the suppressed classes. It is time for struggle, not to keep silence’ said E.M. Abdul Rahiman, the Chairman of Empower India Foundation, while concluding the session.
The lawyers, rights activists and social workers from different platforms viz., Prof. Nandini Sundar, (Delhi University), Ashish Gupta (CDRO), Apeksha Priyadarshini (BASO), Yegesh Swami (NBS), Abdul Wahid Sait (PFI), Arjun Parsad (Morcha Patrika), Adv. Ashok Arora, Zubair Ahmed (Journalist), Prof. Bhawana Bedi (DU), Nadeem Khan (UAH), Dr. Banjyotsna Lahiri, Prof. Nandita Narayana (DU) and Sameer Ansari (DISSC), Parvez Bari (Journalist) and many others attended the programme. Adv. Ansar Indori, State General Secretary of NCHRO Delhi Chapter delivered vote of thanks.
- The Telegraph India – Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife soldiers on
- Press Trust of India (PTI) – Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife claims husband victim of political vindictiveness, officials counterhttp://www.ptinews.com/news/10690745_Sanjiv-Bhatt–s-wife-claims-husband-victim-of-political-vindictiveness–officials-counter
- Vartha Bharathi – Voices from across the Nation demand the release of Sanjiv Bhatt
- Outlook – Sanjiv Bhatt”s wife claims husband victim of political vindictiveness, officials counter
- Mumbai Mirror – ‘Sanjiv Bhatt victim of political vindictiveness’
- The Week – Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife claims husband victim of political vindictiveness officials counter https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/national/2019/07/07/del16-sanjiv%20bhatt-wife.html
- Business Standard – Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife claims husband victim of political vindictiveness, officials counter
- Thejas News
- Counter View:- https://www.counterview.in/2019/07/sanjiv-bhatts-life-imprisonment-was.html
The Telegraph – Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife soldiers on
He was arrested last year for allegedly fabricating evidence in a 1996 case and has been in Palanpur jail for over 10 months By Pheroze L. Vincent in New Delhi
- Published 8.07.19, 3:25 AM
The wife and son of Sanjiv Bhatt, the former IPS officer who was sentenced to life in prison last month for the murder of a detainee in 1990, addressed activists here on Sunday to “campaign for justice.”
Bhatt was suspended in 2011 after he filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister and now Prime Minister, of involvement in riots in the state in 2002.
The officer was dismissed in 2015 over unauthorised absence and other charges. Bhatt was arrested last year for allegedly fabricating evidence in a 1996 case and has been in Palanpur jail for more than 10 months.
Addressing a media conference after a meeting held by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, Sweta told reporters that besides appealing against the conviction, she was speaking at public events in different parts of the country to highlight the lacunae in the judgment and the harassment of their family.
She said: “Our security was withdrawn. Just before a bail hearing (in January), a dumper truck without a registration plate and in a place where heavy vehicles are not permitted rammed into my car and dragged us until we hit a divider. The driver of the truck had no papers on him. Half of my house, which is 23 years old, has been broken down by authorities (last year), and we have been billed Rs 2.5 lakh as demolition charges. Wherever I go I am followed and photographed. Why do you think it is happening?”
On October 30, 1990, police had arrested 133 people after a communal riot in Jamnagar district’s Jamjodhpur town during a bandh against L.K. Advani’s arrest in Bihar. One of those arrested, Vishwa Hindu Parishad worker Prabhudas Vaishnani, died in a hospital in Rajkot 10 days after his release. Bhatt was an assistant SP of Jamnagar at the time.
Sweta Bhatt said only 32 of the 300 witnesses listed by the prosecution were examined, and the defence was not allowed to produce any witnesses. She sought immunity for her husband under Section 161 of the Bombay Police Act that exempts police officers from prosecution if the government has not sanctioned their prosecution within two years of the occurrence of the alleged offence while discharging official duties.
“I spend five days a week travelling, talking to people… He (Sanjiv Bhatt) is still respected so much that I just need to say my name and people talk to me. He is so honest that he doesn’t use a phone in jail (illegal but widely used) and only eats jail food. I only meet him in court because whenever I go to jail, they ask me to come later or wait for hours; they create an atmosphere where it is impossible to talk to him. My husband wouldn’t like me to go and meet him in this way,” she added
The 450-page judgment is in Gujarati and is being translated so that renowned lawyers from other states can represent his appeal.
On Sunday, Sweta addressed the media conference along with Deepika Rajawat, the lawyer who represented the family of a shepherd girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu’s Kathua last year.
Shantanu Bhatt, the son of Sweta and Sanjiv Bhatt, said: “This is a desperate act by a desperate government and people have to question this and they will question it only if the press tells them the truth. What is being peddled on various platforms are half-truths. We only have the truth on our side.… We can’t do this as individuals. Everyone needs to hold the government accountable.”