Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

CAT blow to whistleblower

Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Posted: August 7, 2014 12:41 pm

The Ahmedabad bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) vacated the stay against whistleblower IPS officer Rahul Sharma on Wednesday paving the way for the state government to take action against him for allegedly “filing premature petitions”.

Sharma is likely to move the Gujarat High Court after the tribunal refused to grant interim relief for filing the appeal. The tribunal vacated the stay following the application moved by the state government for taking action against Shrarma in six show-cause notices.

Earlier in March, when Sharma moved CAT challenging action against these notices as well as a chargesheet that denied him promotion, the tribunal had granted stay till the state government filed its reply.

The state had moved a miscellaneous application before the tribunal stating that since it had filed its reply on the petitions of Sharma, therefore the stay should be vacated.

In its reply the state defended its action against Sharma and termed his petitions as “premature.”

In his petition, Sharma has alleged that the government issued six show-cause notices against him on frivolous issues such as awarding cash awards to his sub-ordinates and personal staff for excellent duty they performed. One of the notices was based on spelling “Praveshotsav” as “Pravesotsav” in his official communication.

On Tuesday, during the hearing Sharma’s lawyer M N Rao had argued that if the the stay is vacated the “state will ruin the career of his client as the political establishment is against him”.

Rao had also mentioned that following 2002 riots, Sharma refused to toe the government’s line and helped the investigating agencies by giving CDs which are crucial evidence in the cases.

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