* Gujarat govt has appealed against the order and central deputation of the IPS officer
In an interim order,the Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the order of Central Administration Tribunal (CAT),which had quashed the Gujarat governments Annual Confidential Report of IPS officer Kuldeep Sharma. The government had downgraded Sharmas ACR from excellent to very good.
A division bench,comprising Justices Deepak Mishra and Sanjeev Khanna,also refused to grant a stay on Sharmas central deputation following the CAT order given in April. Further hearing in the case has been scheduled for July 18.
Sharma¿s counsel,Iqbal Sayed,said the court has also allowed the Centre to move an application in case it wished to transfer or promote the officer.
The state had moved the HC on April 27,challenging the CAT order and requesting to cancel of Sharmas central deputation.
Sharma,Gujarats senior-most IPS officer,was overlooked for the post of DGP. There are now four contenders for the post,which is currently held by in-charge DGP Chitranajan Singh.
The senior officer,in his petition to CAT,had alleged that he was being penalised for revealing the alleged misdeeds of state ministers and businessmen close to the government. Despite being the senior-most IPS officer,Sharma was made MD of the Sheep and Wool Development Corporation.
He had further said in his affidavit that he was the first IPS officer to point out that Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed in a fake encounter,and this,coupled with his other actions,had irked the state government,leading to him being shunted to a sinecure job.
Later,the government had moved the Delhi High Court requesting to ask CAT to speed up the proceedings. But the government had to withdraw its case after the HC threatened to slap a fine on it.