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Shweta Bhatt, wife of ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who was given life imprisonment on Thursday called the judgement a “blatant example of vindictive punishment.” Shweta wrote her response in a Facebook post.

“Sanjiv continues to remain in custody, denied of the basic civil right of a bail; his only crime – that he did his duty with honesty and honour, that he dared to stand up against the ill doings of a fascist regime, that he did not succumb to pressure and continued his fight to bring justice to the victims of the politically orchestrated Gujarat Pogrom,” she wrote.

She said that he had been punished for “doing his duties…irrespective of political pressure.”

“It is strange that how a death which occurred after 18 days of being out of custody, without any indications of internal or external trauma or injury, a death which was examined and reported by the forensic medicine experts to have no indication of torture or grievance, was declared to be a homicidal death,” Shweta Bhatt wrote.

“Justice has not only been denied, but an innocent man has been persecuted for doing his duty with diligence,” she said, adding that they will challenge the sessions court order.

Shweta Bhatt claimed only 32 of the 300 witnesses were examined. “In a blatant miscarriage of justice, Shri Sanjiv Bhatt was not permitted to call in any defence witness,” she added.

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