New Delhi: A Gujarat court has rejected the bail plea of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, said reports on Friday. Bhatt is behind bars in a 22-year-old narcotics case where he allegedly framed a lawyer.

Additional sessions judge of Palanpur court P S Brahmbhatt refused to grant relief to Bhatt, who is behind bars since September this year in connection with a 22-year-old drug seizure case.

Bhatt was arrested from his Ahmedabad home by the state CID-crime on September 5 in connection with the alleged drug-planting case of 1996. The arrest followed Gujarat High Court’s direction to the CID to probe the case. In this case, Sumer Singh Rajpurohit, a Rajasthan-based lawyer, was booked for allegedly keeping 1.15 kg opium at a Palanpur hotel room in 1996. Rajpurohit had filed a case that year against Bhatt, who was then SP.

Calling the investigation an “abuse of law”, Bhatt moved a bail application on several grounds, including the delay in the investigation into the case. He said that he had been interrogated and had “deep roots in society with movable and immovable property. Thus, is not likely to abscond or tamper with evidence and/or jump the bail, there is no legal evidence against him and he has no criminal antecedents”, he was quoted by a leading daily as saying.