The Bhuj Sessions Court on Tuesday rejected an application of the state CID (crime) seeking remand of suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma in connection with a graft case wherein he is accused of using a cellphone whose bill was footed by Welspun,a textile manufacture based in Kutch.
Sessions judge N T Acharya turned down the plea saying the agency cannot seek custody after more than a year of registering an FIR.
The decision came as a breather for the former Kutch district collector,who is facing eight criminal cases,with the latest one related to a land scam in Anjar taluka.
There were speculations that Sharma,who is out on bail since December,might be arrested on Tuesday in the latest case. But the CID did not arrest him after the hearing.
In one of the cases,Sharma is accused of allotting land to Welspun in Anjar taluka for pittance during his posting in Kutch between 2003 and 2007.