Gujarat riots: Bhatt's plea declined by SC

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 18, 2011 15:30 hrs

Suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt said that new 'doors' were opened to him as the Supreme Court turned down his plea on Friday.

Bhatt said that he could file his objection in a revision petition at the Gujarat High Court.

"The SC has permitted me to file an independent revision petition with all my objections, which comes as welcome news for me. As I have already submitted my objections in a petition with the court, in absence of the permission from the SC, it would have been difficult for me to counter the government flip-flop in the case and raise my objections," Bhatt was quoted as saying by Times of India.

On Friday Supreme Court had refused to give relief to Bhatt as it declined the petition seeking the reversal of a order given by state government to withdraw a revision petition in an alleged case of custodial death.

The bench comprising of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice TS Thakur allowed Bhatt to pull out Bhatt´s petition with liberty and pursue an independent revision petition at the Gujarat high court.

Gujarat cop Sanjeev Bhatt, who had accused chief minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

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