Jamnagar: A local court in Jamkhambhalia on Tuesday issued bailable warrant against suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for not appearing for hearing a 1990 case of alleged police atrocity which had resulted in one death.

Sessions judge N T Solanki issued bailable warrants against Bhatt and other four police personnel who did not appear before the court which was to hear the case on Tuesday.

Bhatt, who has filed an affidavit against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi alleging his role in 2002 riots, is fighting this case of custodial torture.

According to case details, one Prahbudas Vaishnani, who was arrested during a communal flare-up in Jamkhambhalia town in Jamnagar in 1990, died in a hospital few days after he was released from police custody.

Following this Vaishnani's brother Amrutlal had filed complaint against Bhatt and six others. The Gujarat government then took the position that Bhatt and others had acted in discharge of duty and filed a revision petition in the Session Court in 1996 halting the criminal proceedings.

This revision petition was withdrawn by the state government in July last year, exposing Bhatt and others to prosecution.

(Agencies)