Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Modi vs top cop: Sanjiv Bhatt says "won't compromise with goons"

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt refused to make any compromise with the Gujarat government after a local court proposed that if he went on police remand for about three hours his bail plea could be heard today itself.

The "Kashmir Times" says Bhatt claimed a driver, Pant, appeared to be acting following "diktats" from political members of the state government. Bhatt had alleged his arrest was aimed at getting hold of the alleged evidence he had against Modi with regard to the 2002 communal riots, and destroying them.

Now the EconomicTimes says Pant claims he had not beem pressured to make the statement against Bhatt.

IMO: Well, he would say that, wouldn't he ? Presumably Pant does not want to be jailed also.

Bhatt's wife said "My husband has been victimised and arrested merely because a few politicians apprehended serious action against them because of the evidence Sanjeev is likely to give in the pending criminal cases."

Union home ministry on Tuesday asked the Gujarat government to provide adequate security to the jailed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, his wife Shweta Bhatt and other family members on the basis of threat perception.

IMO: I am minded of the initial Kashmir hostage situation by Pakistani terrorists many years ago, where neither members of the then Indian Government nor opposition parties seemed to have acted strongly enough. And many people may well be worried as to whether all this talk becomes just more political hot air.

IMO: At least Manmohan Singh has now signed some sort of trade and security pact with Karzai of Afghanistan. And India has started stepping up its exposure to the security scenario in Afghanistan by operationalising an airbase in Tajikistan, which has since been used to strike at the top leadership of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. It has also sought permission to reopen a hospital at Farkhor on the Afghan border. All this sort of thing will cost India a lot of money of course. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct a total of 214 single and twin-seater variants of the advanced Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) being developed jointly by India and Russia. The fighters are likely to be inducted by 2017. The IAF is also set to acquire six more C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin in addition to the six that had been ordered in 2008 at a cost of $1.05 billion. A pity all this money may have to be spent, besause of Chinese and Pakistani weakness and inadequacy to cope with the facts.

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