Govt Sacks Suspended Gujarat Top Cop

AHMADABAD: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had taken on the Gujarat government headed by Narendra Modi over the 2002 post-Godhra riots, was on Wednesday sacked on the ground of “unauthorised absence” from service, an action which he said came after a “sham inquiry”.

“Yes, it is true that my services have been terminated. This was expected. They have been conducting a completely ex-parte inquiry. I got the letter (sack order) from them (the

Home ministry),” Bhatt said.

Gujarat Chief Secretary G R Aloria confirmed the development. “Services of Sanjiv Bhatt have been terminated,” he said.

Bhatt said he was sacked on the basis of “a sham inquiry” with regard to his “unauthorised absence” from service when he had come to Ahmedabad to depose before the SIT probing the 2002 riots.

“They (government) have been conducting a sham inquiry… an ex-parte inquiry about unauthorised absence from duty,” Bhatt said.

When asked if he will challenge his sacking, Bhatt said he did not want to impose himself on the government.

“A lot can be done (against the move) but whether it is worth challenging….Government does not want me, why I should be so keen that I want to remain in this,” Bhatt said.

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