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CID tells HC it needs ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's custody in drugs case

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Police told the High Court Monday that they need the custody of sacked to find the source of the drugs which his junior officers allegedly planted to frame up a man in a 1996 case.

The police moved the high court after a magistrate's court at Palanpur in district rejected the application of the (CID-Crime), seeking custody of Bhatt and retired police I B Vyas last week.

Justice R P Dholaria of the high court adjourned the hearing to Tuesday.

In June, the high court had ordered the CID to investigate the case and file a report in three months.

It is alleged that the police planted 1 kg of opium in a hotel room to frame Sumersingh Rajpurohit, a from Pali in Rajasthan, in 1996.

told the high court Monday that the CID needs to interrogate Bhatt to find out from where the opium was sourced and at whose behest it was planted.

Bhatt's I H Syed opposed the demand of custody, saying all these issues were investigated when the case was registered in against Bhatt, and no one can be subjected to investigation twice for the same incident.

Bhatt, who has levelled several allegations against the then Narendra Modi-led government in with regard to the 2002 riots, was of Police in district in 1996.

As per his submission, the Police had also filed a charge sheet in the drug planting case, and the matter was stayed by the on May 1, 2000.

The police arrested in 1996, claiming that drugs were found in his hotel room.

But a probe by the police revealed that he was allegedly falsely implicated to compel him to transfer a disputed property in Pali in someone else's name.

Bhatt was sacked by the in August 2015 for "unauthorised absence" from service.

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 21:55 IST