Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who locked horns with Narendra Modi gets notice over 'sex video'

By: admin
Updated: 18 Aug 2015 04:59 AM

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had locked horns with the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government over the 2002 riots, has been served a showcause notice regarding a "sex video" that purportedly shows him with an unknown woman.


The notice from the state government, hand-delivered on August 15, came days before the Supreme Court was to hear a petition Bhatt had filed alleging a "criminal nexus" between the state and the special investigation team (SIT) probing the pogrom.


The petition is due to come up on Tuesday, the officer said.


The home department notice asked Bhatt to explain within 10 days the alleged "relationship with a woman other than his wife". It apparently followed a Twitter post and a complaint the state government had received, along with a pen drive containing the 11-minute clip that purportedly shows Bhatt in a compromising position with the woman.


Bhatt said one Tejendra Pal Bagga, a self-styled leader of an outfit that supports Modi, had posted the clip in May last year. Bagga is the same person who had barged into the chamber of activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and assaulted him two years ago.


"Look at the timing," Bhatt, who replied to the notice the same day he received it, said. "My petition pertaining to criminal nexus between the chief minister's office, law officer and the SIT is coming up for hearing tomorrow. They have come up with this showcause notice to prejudice the judiciary against me."


In his reply, he said the person in the clip was not him but "someone who bears a general resemblance", although a closer examination "reveals striking difference in facial features, including the shape and size of the forehead, as well as the shape and size of the ears, body hair and balding pattern". Bhatt also said he was willing to undergo any "detailed biometric examination... so as to facilitate (a) conclusive comparison between me and the person in the said video".


The 1988-batch officer had hit the headlines after he filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, claiming that he had attended a meeting on February 27, 2002, at Modi's bungalow where the then chief minister allegedly told his officers to "allow Hindus to vent their anger".


That was the day of the Godhra train burning, which triggered the riots. The SIT has rejected Bhatt's claim.