A Jamnagar Sessions Court has awarded life sentence to controversial Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt after finding him guilty in a custodial murder case in 1990.
Bhatt was Assistant Superintendent of Police in Jamnagar when one Prabhdas Vaishnani was killed due to excessive custodial torture. The police led by Bhatt had arrested more than 100 persons in connection with rioting during a Bharat Bandh.
Vaishnani died ten days after release. But according to the medical report, the torture had taken a heavy toll on his health which led to his death.
After death, a case was filed against Bhatt and a few police officers for custodial torture. In 1995, a magistrate took cognizance of the complaint and proceeded against policemen. However, the Gujarat High Court stayed the proceedings. In 2011, the stay was vacated.
Last week, the Supreme Court dismissed Bhatt’s bail plea in this case.