Thursday, November 22, 2012

Apex court stays probe in Sanjiv Bhatt hoarding case

Surendranagar police had started probe in the matter of a hoarding put up a day before CM’s Sadbhavana fast
in town

DNA Correspondent l
A bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed investigation on the police complaint filed in the matter of a hoarding put up in Surendranagar town with a poster showing suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
“The bench has stayed the investigation initiated by the Surendranagar police against Naushad Solanki, who was made an accused in the FIR,” said IH Syed, counsel for Solanki.
According to case details, on January 16 this year, a hoarding carrying a poster of Sanjiv Bhatt was put up near JNV High School behind MP Shah Arts and Science College in Surendranagar town. This happened a day before chief minster Narendra Modi’s sadbhavana fast in the town.
The hoarding carried the message: “I have principles but do not have the authority. You [Narendrabhai Modi] have the authority but do not have principles. You are ‘you’ and I am ‘me’. There is no chance of any solution, so let the battle be on.”
The local police had filed an FIR and slapped various charges applicable under Section 153 (A) of the IPC, such as promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, and language, along with other charges. The hoarding had sparked considerable political controversy at the time.
Solanki was arrested in the case. His plea to quash the complaint was recently rejected by the Gujarat high court. Hence, he had moved the Supreme Court in appeal.