Sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has been sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday. A week after the Supreme Court refused to entertain sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea to examine 11 additional witnesses in a 30-year-old custodial death case.
According to the case details, Bhatt, who was posted as additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar during the communal riots in 1990, was accused of torturing and killing a 40 years old man
Prabhu Vaishnani, one of the detainees, died in hospital during treatment of severe kidney damage on November 18, after he was released from police custody. Later, Prabhu’s brother Amrut Vaishnani lodged a complaint against Bhatt and other police personnel for custodial torture.
Bhatt was suspended in 2011 on charges of remaining absent from duty without permission and misuse of official vehicles and was arrested by CBI on September 5, 2018, in drug planting case of 1996.
After the complaint by Prabhu’s brother CID crime probed the case and found Bhatt guilty and in its statement said,” Vaishnani died due to Inhuman torture”. Five other policemen-sub inspectors Deepak Shah and Shailesh Pandaya and constables Pravinsinh Jethva, Anopsinh Jethva, Keshubha Jadeja- were also found guilty of custodial torture and were awarded two year jail term along with 10,000 fine.