NEW DELHI: Suspended Gujarat IPS Officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the Gujarat government and the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots cases, was sacked from service due to prolonged absence from office.
His wife Shweta Bhatt had contested the 2012 Gujarat Assembly election on a Congress ticket against Modi from Maninagar Assembly constituency. He was first suspended for alleged dereliction of duty and insubordination in 2011.
Sources in the Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the termination order was issued three-four days ago and was sent to the state government.
Earlier in 2013, the Gujarat government had sent Bhatt’s file to the MHA, recommending his dismissal from service.
The state government had said that Bhatt had misused his official position and had indulged in anti-government activities.
However, the MHA under the UPA Government did not take any action. He was also arrested in October 2011 for allegedly forcing a Constable to sign a false affidavit against the Gujarat Government.
Bhatt announced his termination on Twitter: “Finally removed from service today (Wednesday) after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. :) Any takers?”
Later, he posted his statement on the social media platform Facebook claiming that his removal was decided on a basis of sham probe against him.
Recently, Sanjiv Bhatt was caught in a row after the Gujarat Government served a notice to him on the basis of a controversial video clip.