A probe by the Rajasthan police later revealed that the lawyer was falsely implicated and allegedly abducted by Banaskantha Police from his residence in Pali.

By Melvyn Thomas

Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Sanjiv Bhatt has been found guilty by the Palanpur sessions court on Wednesday in a 1996 drug planting case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the quantum of punishment of which will be announced on Thursday.

 “This case is entirely fabricated, and my husband had no role in it,” Shweta Bhatt, Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife, told media persons. “The court has delivered conviction in the case. I will have a detailed press briefing tomorrow after the court announces the sentencing,” said Shweta Bhatt on Wednesday.

Allegations Of Fabricating Evidence By Banaskantha Police

During Sanjiv Bhatt’s tenure as Banaskantha’s District Superintendent of Police, a lawyer from Rajasthan was arrested by the Banaskantha police after drugs were discovered from the lawyer’s hotel room in Palanpur in Banaskantha district. According to a complaint, Bhatt allegedly fabricated evidence by planting 1.5 kg of opium in the lawyer’s room, suspected as an attempt to coerce the lawyer out of a commercial property in Pali town, Rajasthan.

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