2002 Godhra riots: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who took on Gujarat govt is sacked

2002 Godhra riots: IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who took on Gujarat govt is sacked

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IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had taken on the Gujarat government over its handling of the 2002 riots, has been dismissed from service for “flagrantly” flouting rules “with complete disregard to discipline”.

The Union Home Ministry order, dated August 13, followed a recommendation from the Gujarat government for Bhatt’s removal on 11 charges. These included: “staying absent from duty unauthorizedly, defying orders of superior officer (DG & IGP), taking custody of log book from lawfully authorized government servants, retaining official vehicle belonging to other officers unauthorizedly, retaining custody of government assets unauthorizedly, misbehaving with government servants…”

The termination order, which was signed by Deputy Secretary G C Yadav, stated that “all eleven charges framed against Shri Sanjiv Bhatt, IPS, stand proved… in spite of several opportunities provided to him, (he) did not avail any of them to prove his innocence”.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Bhatt wrote: “Finally removed from service today after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. 🙂 Any takers?”

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/2002-godhra-riots-suspended-ips-officer-sanjiv-bhatt-sacked-says-decision-came-after-sham-inquiry/#sthash.1Y8W6uGC.dpuf

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