Sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Wednesday, August 19, said that he was removed from service by the Gujarat government after a 'sham and ex-parte' probe on completely fabricated charges. Reacting to the government decision, the Gujarat-cadre officer said that he had joined the IPS at the age of 24 with a passion and fire which still continues to rage in him.
His announcement on Twitter:
Finally removed from service today after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. :) Any takers?— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
Bhatt, who had taken on the Gujarat government headed by Narendra Modi over the 2002 post-Godhra riots, was sacked on the ground of unauthorised absence from service. Bhatt said that he had chosen the Indian Police Service because he saw it as a career that would add action and purpose to his life.
Sou rce: The Hindu
"And I have not been disappointed one bit. In fact, I have enjoyed every moment of the last 27 years in the IPS. The Government of the day has decided to remove me from service after conducting a sham, ex-parte inquiry on completely fabricated charges of 'unauthorised absence from duty'," he said in a Facebook post.
Bhatt said the ground of his sacking — unauthorised absence from duty — pertains to the period when he was deposing before the SIT (investigating into the Zakia Jafri complaint) and the Nanavati Commission (inquiring into the Gujarat riots).
"Be that as it may, the bottom-line is that if the Government of the day does not require my services, so be it. I pray to God that he may continue to kindle and stoke the passion and fire that has possessed me all these years. May He continue to lead me in my just pursuits", said Bhatt.
Many friends have been asking me for my reaction on my removal from the Indian Police Service. All I have to say... http://t.co/frLoXYVMyw— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
I have principle and no power You have power and no principle You being you And I being I Compromise is out of... http://t.co/ABU52T7yzm— Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
(With inputs from PTI)