IPS officer Rahul Sharma, who was superseded and denied promotion as Inspector General December last year, has moved Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Ahmedabad, against the state government with three separate petitions. The tribunal has issued notice to the government and kept the matter for further hearing on Thursday.
Sharma has challenged the chargesheet filed against him on December 6 last year and downgrading his annual confidential report. He alleged that he was issued the chargesheet just a day before a meeting for promotion of DIGs were held in Gandhinagar.
Sharma, who is at loggerheads with the state government for his role in 2002 riots, has claimed that the cases against him were filed with malafide intention.
In 2004, Sharma had submitted two CDs of call records during the 2002 Gujarat riots as evidence while assisting the probes in the Naroda Patiya and Gulberg Society massacre cases. “Till last year, there were six show-cause notices sent to Sharma by the state government that he gave cash award to his colleague (junior police officials), a practice which is common. These show-cause notices are nothing but prejudice that IPS officer Tirth Raj has against him for not complying with his illegal orders,” Sharma’s advocate M N Rao said. Tirth Raj was then additional director general of police posted in Arms Unit, Gandhinagar.
Sharma has also alleged that in 2010 when he was posted at SRP camp in Rajkot, Raj, who was posted there as additional director, sent several show-cause notices related to minor issues such as giving cash to junior policemen. The chargesheet against Sharma, which was filed in December, 2013, is related to one of those notices sent by Tirth Raj.
“We have not challenged against state government’s decision, but simply stated that whatever has been done is done with malafide intention,” said advocate M N Rao, who represents Sharma in the court.