The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) bench in Ahmedabad on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a petition moved by Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rahul Sharma against the departmental chargesheet issued against him by the state government till March 1.
The tribunal adjourned the hearing after the state government made a statement that Sharma may file his reply by March 1 to the departmental chargesheet.
The departmental chargesheet has been issued to Sharma by the state Government for not submitting the original CDs containing mobile call data during 2002 riots to the concerned authorities.
Sharma has challenged the proceedings while inter alia claiming immunity under the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act.
He has stated that since he deposed before the Nanavati Commission related to the CDs,he cannot be made subject to any criminal or civil proceedings in that regard under the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act.
However,the state government has opposed this saying its action to initiate departmental proceedings against him are independent and have nothing to do with his deposition before the Nanavati Commission.
On Tuesday,Sharmas lawyer Mukul Sinha completed arguments. The state government sought time to give a reply to Sharmas rejoinder.
Sinha said that the state government has been granted time by the tribunal while considering the state governments statement that Sharma would get time till next date of the hearing which is on March 1 to file his reply to the departmental chargesheet.
The tribunal is presently hearing the petition on the limited aspect of whether Sharma has got immunity against any government action in connection with his deposition before the Nanavati Commission.