Gujarat IPS official moves court challenging showcause notices

Gujarat IPS official moves court challenging showcause notices

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Rahul Sharma, who had put some Gujarat state functionaries in the dock while deposing before the 2002 riots probe panel, moved the Gujarat High Court today challenging six showcause notices issued to him by the Gujarat government.

"I have moved a petition before the Gujarat High Court against the showcause notices," Sharma, who is presently posted as Commandant of the State Reserve Police (SRP) force at Rajkot, told PTI.

Sharma moved the High Court after the Ahmedabad bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) vacated a stay over six showcause notices issued to him by the Gujarat government, alleging "misconduct" as an officer.

In his petition before the High Court, Sharma alleged that the Gujarat state government's action against him was as an act with malafide intentions.

Challenging the CAT's order, Sharma contended that vacating of the stay by the tribunal would allow the state to conduct an inquiry against him.

Sharma's petition is likely to be heard tomorrow. In March this year, he had filed three petitions to the CAT alleging harassment by the Gujarat government and other superior officers, stating that since he had submitted crucial evidence before the Justice G T Nanavati-Akshay Mehta Commission probing the 2002 riots, which indicted the government, he is being targeted.

"Giving cash awards" to drivers and other subordinates as well as committing "spelling mistakes" were among the charges in the six showcause notices issued to Sharma.

Besides these six showcause notices, the state home department officials made adversarial remarks in his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) which prevented his promotion, Sharma had alleged in his petition before to CAT.

In 2011, Sharma had moved CAT to quash the chargesheet issued by the Gujarat government in which he was charged that he had not deliberately submitted the compact disc (CD) containing crucial call records details of the 2002 riots to the state but instead gave it to the commission.

Sharma said that the CD contained the call record details of some of senior politicians,government bureaucrats, police officers as well as VHP and Bajrang Dal functionaries which were compiled by him while investigating riots cases pertaining to Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulbarg Society.

The CD containing these details was submitted to the Nanavati Commission by him, he said.

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