Gandhinagar: The security cover provided to former Gujarat Police officer Sanjiv Bhatt was withdrawn on Wednesday morning upon instructions from the Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha. Ahmedabad Police used to provide police protection to the former 1988-batch IPS officer and his family who reside in the city. Bhatt was removed from police service in 2015 by the government over unauthorized absence from active duty for a long period of time.

On Wednesday morning, Bhatt took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to inform that his security cover, provided to him and his family the Ahmedabad Police, was withdrawn under the instructions of Gujarat DGP and chief minister’s office. Later in the afternoon, Bhatt tweeted that he has written to the Gujarat chief minister for the immediate restoration of the security cover provided to him and his family.

During his tumultuous career as a cop, Sanjiv Bhatt has been controversy’s favorite child. Among the string of allegations levied on him, he was once accused of framing a lawyer in a narcotics case while being posted in Banaskantha as the SP (Superintendent of Police). In another instance, during his time as the Jail Superintendent of Ahmedabad Central Prison, he was accused of helping inmates procure certain favors and facilities illegally and was thus transferred from his post.

While being posted in the State Intelligence Bureau of Gujarat in 2002, he filed an affidavit with the Nanavati Commission and later in the Supreme Court that he was present in a meeting that was held at the then CM Narendra Modi’s official residence after the incident at Godhra railway station. No official had then stood by his side supporting his allegations on Modi and instead the state government set up various investigations against him, including an allegation of misusing government servants while running the office from his Ahmedabad home instead of being at Junagadh, where he was posted.

He is also accused of misusing the official vehicle that was provided to him for duty. After the investigations on him concluded that he was absent from his location of posting without prior permission from his seniors and did not follow the orders and notices issued to him to remain present at his location of posting, he was removed from active service by the government in 2015, but was still provided with police security to him and his family.

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