The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday sought response from the government on a PIL filed by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma, challenging the contractual appointment of two retired police officers — N K Amin and Tarun Barot — who are accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
Seeking quashing of the appointment orders, the PIL said that “such appointments orders send visibly wrong signals as they encourage police officers to break the law and expect a reward for the same. The rule of law becomes ineffective and the officers feel emboldened to break the law in anticipation of political patronage. Such reappointments set a bad precedent…”
A division bench led by Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy asked government pleader Manisha Luvkumar to seek instructions from the government, while refusing to entertain request of the petitioner to grant interim stay on the appointments.
Tarun Barot was appointed as DySP, Headquarters, Western Railway, Vadodara, on a year’s contract on October 13, while NK Amin, who was slated to retire on August 31, was awarded a year extension on contractual basis on the same post as Mahisagar district SP.