Akashi Bhatt, daughter of former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in an alleged custodial death case dating back to 1990, has called chargsheets against her father “fabricated” and claimed that he had been “persecuted by Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.”
The Congressional briefing, “Ground Reports on Kashmir & NRC”, where Akashi Bhatt spoke, was held at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It was organized by three U.S.-based civil society organizations, namely, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Emgage Action, and Hindus for Human Rights (HFHR).
Akashi Bhatt is as post doctoral fellow at Oxford University.
Sanjiv Bhatt is a former Indian Police Service officer from Gujarat. He is well known for his role in filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India against then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, concerning Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide. He has claimed to have attended a meeting at the CM’s official residence on Feb 27, 2002, following the Godhra train burning incident, during which Modi (now the Prime Minister of India) allegedly asked top police officials to let Hindus vent out their anger against the Muslims.
He has since remained one of the most outspoken critic of the current fascist, BJP Indian government.