Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt granted bail

A court here Monday granted bail to arrested police officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 communal riots.

"At 11 a.m. today (Monday), the court pronounced the judgment and granted Sanjiv Bhatt bail," Bhatt's counsel I.H. Sayed told reporters here.

He was arrested Sep 30 for allegedly forcing a police constable, K.D. Panth, to sign a false affidavit about his attending a meeting called by Modi soon after the Godhra train burning that sparked the riots.

The officer's wife Shweta Bhatt told reporters that she was relieved at the development.

"I am am feeling really good and after 18 days I will meet him. My faith in judiciary has further strengthened after this," she said.

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