A special PMLA court Thursday refused to grant temporary bail to suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma, who is lodged at Sabarmati central jail in Ahmedabad in connection with alleged money laundering. The court rejected Sharma’s plea for a five-day relief from jail to perform the ritual of “shradh” of his mother. The court held that if granted relief Sharma may tamper with the evidence. Earlier, his regular bail plea was also rejected by the court.
Sharma is alleged to have allotted land to a private firm, Welspun Group, “at discriminatory rate” and that caused loss to state exchequer to the tune of Rs 1.2 crore while serving as collector of Kutch district in 2004. He was arrested on July 31. ENS