Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday dismissed suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's plea for stay on ongoing criminal proceedings against him in a 1990 incident
of alleged police atrocity, that resulted in the death of one person.

Bhatt, in his petition, had challenged the legality and validity of the order of a Jamnagar district court refusing to defer framing of charges against him in the 21-year-old case.
He had sought quashing of the order of Jamnagar court and further demanded stay on all proceedings against him in relation to the case till the criminal revision application filed by him there is decided upon first.

Justice M R Shah, hearing the case, dismissed Bhatt's petition saying that there was no need to restrain the court from framing charges against the accused.

The High Court, however, observed that framing of charges against Bhatt would be subject to the outcome of his criminal revision application which the Jamnagar court would decide upon after hearing him and the prosecution.

Justice Shah during the course of arguments further said that framing of charges against the accused after 21 years was denying justice to the victim.

The Jamnagar court is scheduled to frame charges against Bhatt and six other accused in the case tomorrow.

On December 9, a fast track court of Jamkhambhalia taluka in Jamnagar rejected Bhatt's application seeking deferment on framing of charges against him.