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The Gujarat High Court on Friday, reserved its order on a petition moved by Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) challenging the deposition of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt at the Nanavati-Mehta Commission.

Citing certain provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, JUH has argued that Bhatt is not a witness and he cannot be allowed to be cross-examined by the Commission. JUH has also demanded the striking down Bhatt’s entire deposition from record. They also added that his entire deposition at Commission has been done without administering him the customary oath.

Presently, Bhatt’s deposition is going on before the Commission and he has already been questioned by Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), Congress party and Central Relief Committee.

Bhatt’s questioning by the state government is also underway at the Commission.

Interestingly, the HC has already reserved its order on a petition moved by JSM, where the latter had demanded permission to cross-examine former Minister of State (Home), Gordhan Zadafia. Zadafia was summoned by the Commission and his deposition was recorded by the Commission in its chamber.

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