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Civil Rights Organisations in US urge SC to give bail to jailed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt

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Civil rights organisations in the US made up of Non-Resident Indians on Monday urged the Supreme Court to give bail to former police officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

The members of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and Hindus for Human Rights at a virtual conference said the conviction of Bhatt in a murder case was wrong and based on fraudulent evidence.

The former IPS officer’s bail hearing in the case is scheduled on January 22 in the Supreme Court.

Senior Congress leader and former minister Shashi Tharoor said “Sanjiv’s case is a reflection of the grim times that we live in, where constitutional values and fundamental privileges that have been granted by the constitution to all Indians appear in many cases to be diluted and in many cases perhaps even supplanted by illiberal forces.”

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He urged that anyone with a conscience must stand up and fight back against such challenges.

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Renowned documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan said Bhatt had been jailed “for no other reason than the fact that he opposed the massacre in 2002” and spoke against it.

Classical dancer and actor Mallika Sarabhai said there was a “definite agenda” not only in Bhatt’s case but in most cases of most critics of the Modi government. Sarabhai is a known critic of the Modi government.

Rasheed Ahmed, executive director of the Indian American Muslim Council, said the Indian government must stop politically managing Sanjiv Bhatt’s case and let the law take its course under the supervision of independent judges.

 

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