The Supreme Court on Wednesday censured suspended Gujarat IAS officer Pradeep Sharma for “adding” accusations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead of deleting them in his petition.
Sharma had given an undertaking to the court in May 2011 that he would delete all personal accusations against then Gujarat CM in his plea. His petition has sought to get investigations against him in four cases to be handed over to the CBI for an independent probe. The Bench, however, observed the amendments in his petition brought up more charges, including those related to the controversial surveillance of a woman architect in Gujarat. Sharma has moved a separate petition, questioning the surveillance and demanding a CBI probe.
“It seems you have added much more in your petition now. You had given to his court an undertaking. Your petition must be in the spirit of your undertaking. You are bound by your statements now,” observed the bench.
The bench also made it clear that the court would not proceed in the matter till Sharma deletes all personal accusations against Modi, in accordance with his own undertaking.
Meanwhile, Sharma’s counsel Sunil Fernandes sought to point out that when this order on deletion was passed in 2011, surveillance of the woman was already taking place but the state chose to conceal it from the court.
The Bench, however, adjourned the matter till next week, asking Sharma to first submit a comparative chart showing he has complied with the court order. Sharma has four cases pending against him in Gujarat. He wants all these cases to be probed by the CBI in view of the alleged vendetta against him.