The Gurgaon district court Saturday sent C K Sharma, a retired Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force, to 12-day judicial custody till March 25. Sharma was arrested on March 10 for alleged financial irregularities committed in the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), a society that supports the demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP).
In February, three retired officials — Sharma, Major General (retired) Satbir Singh and Group Captain (retired) V K Gandhi were booked under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
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The police had registered a case against three persons on February 8 after Lieutenant General (retired) Raj Kadyan, the then chairman of the IESM, in a complaint alleged that the trio had withdrawn nearly Rs 14 lakh from the society funds between January and July 2013.
On Thursday evening, Sharma was picked up by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Gurgaon Police from his Delhi residence. His family has alleged that the 75-year-old retired IAF official was manhandled, dragged and pushed inside a car. However, some ex-servicemen of the IESM said that the case was the result of “ego clashes” and “differences between senior members of the society”.
They alleged that Kadyan had used his “political connections” to get Sharma
arrested. Rejecting the allegations, Kadyan told The Indian Express, “All these allegations about me having connections in the ruling party at the Centre are false. How can I have links with this party when I fought an election on an AAP ticket from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, for the Lok Sabha elections? I first tried to solve the issue internally. When no heed was paid to my efforts, I had to take this step and go ahead with the complaint. After all, this money belongs to defence veterans and widows”.
A police official from the EOW, who is also part of the investigating team, said that prima facie evidence showed that misappropriation of funds had taken place from IESM accounts and the investigation