On Friday, a court in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district has rejected a bail application, which was filed by the former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

Additional session judge of Palanpur Court P S Brahmbhatt has refused to grant relief of Mr. Bhatt, who is now behind the bars since September 2018 in having links with 22-years-old drug seizure case.

In 2015, Mr. Bhatt was sacked from his duty, was then Superintendent of Police in Banaskantha district in 1996.

The district police had already arrested lawyer Sumer Singh Rajpurohit in 1996, accused of having seized drugs from a hotel room in Palanpur town where he was staying.

Rajasthan Police, however, said that the letter to Mr. Rajpurohit was falsely concerned by Banaskantha Police to force him to transfer a disputed property located Rajasthan’s Pali.

Ex-Police Inspector IB Vyas has moved the Gujarat High Court in 1990, demand a probe into the matter.

In June 2018, Gujarat High Court has handed over the investigation duty to the state CID.

Mr. Bhatt was sacked by the Union Home Ministry in August 2015 on the grounds of “unauthorized absence” from service.

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