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Sanjeev Bhatt gets respite in one case

On the recommendation of the union home ministry, the Gujarat government has revoked the suspension of whistle-blower IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in one of the three cases against him.

'However, as Bhatt has also been put under suspension in two other cases, he will remain under suspension till those cases are pending,' said the state's principal secretary [home] S K Nanda.

Bhatt, who alleged the complicity of the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riot cases, was placed under suspension by the home department on 8 August  2011. The reasons for his suspension were cited as unauthorised absence from duty, non-appearance before a departmental panel and alleged misuse of official vehicle.

'The central review committee which had met on August 6, 2012 was of the opinion that the proposal of the state government for further extension of Bhatt's suspension beyond one year may be rejected,' a ministry of home affairs communication sent to Bhatt by the state home department said.

However, he remains suspended from the service in a criminal case where he has been accused for forcing his former constable to file a forged affidavit in which he had spend six days in police custody.
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