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Former IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt Detained in a 22-Year-Old Drug Case

The Banaskantha Police under Bhatt had arrested Sumersingh Rajpurohit, an advocate, in 1996 on charges of possessing around one kg of drugs, further probe by the Rajasthan Police revealed that Rajpurohit was allegedly falsely implicated.

Ahmedabad: Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was on Wednesday detained by the Gujarat CID in connection to a 22-year-old case involving an arrest of a man for alleged possession of drugs, a senior police official said.

Bhatt and seven others, including some former policemen attached with the Banaskantha police, were detained for questioning in the case, Ashish Bhatia, director general of police, Crime Investigation Department (CID), said.

Bhatt was the Banaskantha district superintendent of police in 1996.

As per the case details, the Banaskantha police under Bhatt had arrested Sumersingh Rajpurohit, an advocate, in 1996 on charges of possessing around one kg of drugs. At that time, the Banaskantha police had claimed that drugs were found in a hotel room occupied by Rajpurohit in the district’s Palanpur town.

However, a probe by the Rajasthan police had revealed that Rajpurohit was allegedly falsely implicated by the Banaskantha Police. It had also found that Rajpurohit was allegedly abducted by the Banaskantha police from his residence at Pali in Rajasthan.

The Gujarat high court had in June this year handed over the probe in the case to the CID while hearing Rajpurohit’s plea. The high court had asked the CID to complete the probe in three months.

The CID found substance in charges against Bhatt, which led to his detention, Bhatia said, adding that Bhatt and some others could be arrested after questioning.

Bhatt was sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 for “unauthorised absence” from service.