Supreme Court rejects plea filed by ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife In 22Yr Old Drug Planting Case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India Thursday dismissed the plea on behalf of former Gujarat cadre IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife challenging the investigation against her husband who has been accused of implicating a Rajasthan-based lawyer in a 22-year-old narcotics case.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph , dismissed the petition filed by Shweta Bhatt. The court cannot interfere with ongoing investigations,” said the bench observing that the petitioner, Shweta Bhatt, has recourse to other remedies.

Bhatt, who was sacked from service in 2015, was arrested last month along with retired inspector I B Vyas for allegedly framing lawyer Sumersingh Rajpurohit in a case of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act by planting 1.25 kg opium in a hotel room in Palanpur in Banaskantha district in 1996. Shweta, in her petition, claimed that she was not allowed to file the petition in the apex court, on behalf of her husband.

However, the bench granted him the liberty to seek regular bail and that his right to move the High Court would not be affected by the dismissal of the present petition.

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