Kerala is to lend support to Shweta Bhatt, wife of former Gujarat top police officer Sanjiv Bhatt who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a 1989 custodial death case, in her 'fight for justice'.
A month after the conviction, Shweta met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala in Thiruvananthapuram, seeking support as she fights for her husband who she feels has been falsely implicated.
In response, Pinarayi tweeted: “Today, Shweta Bhatt visited me in office. We have extended support to her in her fight for the release of Sanjiv Bhatt. We will take the lead to bring together like-minded Chief Ministers and political leaders to support her cause."
Chennithala too offered all support and said this was how "fascism will affect everyone". Sanjiv was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 20 in connection with the alleged communal riot in 1989. He had detained more than 100 people and one of them died in the hospital after being released.
Shweta held a press conference with the DYFI leaders in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday and later addressed a conference for Sanjiv Bhatt organised by Kerala Lawyers Forum. She said that her husband was convicted because he deposed to the Nanavati Commission against the State Government in the 2002 Gujarat riots case.