March 24, 2014 3:00:08 am
Two years after Bilaspur SP Rahul Sharma committed suicide, a special court is likely to consider objections raised by Sharma’s father Raj Kumar Sharma to the CBI report.
The suicide note blamed “an arrogant judge and interfering boss” whom the agency identified as the then HC judge Satish K Agnihotri and then Bilaspur IG G P Singh. The CBI did not find any evidence for abetment and filed the closure report last September.
The report mentioned a phone conversation with Singh as the likely “trigger”. Agnihotri is now acting Chief Justice of the Chennai High Court, and Singh is Raipur IG.
Sharma shot himself with his service revolver on March 12, 2012. The suicide note said: “I am sick of this life. Such an interfering boss, and a haughty and arrogant judge. They ruined my peace of mind, troubled my family. I choose death over disgrace. I am sorry Gayatri (wife) for all this. Please take care of the kids.”
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The suicide triggered a controversy and the state government pressed for a CBI probe. The Indian Express reported he shared his frustration with a friend: “Yaar, bahut begaar karwate hain. Koi self respect hi nahi hai. (They force us to do things. They have no respect for us.)”
The report notes Sharma joined as Bilaspur SP on January 10, 2012 and began facing “humiliation”. The IG issued orders to Sharma’s subordinates, it notes and adds that on January 18, a thana in-charge and an ASI “were placed under suspension by the IG and Sharma was informed later.
“After an inquiry, Sharma revoked the suspension”. The IG placed them under suspension and issued a memo citing Sharma’s act as indiscipline. Sharma felt humiliated,” it says. “The SP felt humiliated being by-passed. It is clear the “interfering boss” mentioned was IG Singh,” states the report. “By the end of January, Sharma talked to friends about stifling work atmosphere” and requested for a transfer. On March 11, the IG told junior police officers he would hold a meeting at the SP office on March 12.” “Not only this, he informed the reporter of a daily, Haribhoomi, he would take a class of babus of SP office on March 12. All of this was not known to the SP.”
On March 12 morning, Sharma read about the meeting in Haribhoomi. “Sharma had a conversation with IG for an unusually long duration”, first of 1111 seconds (Sharma to Singh) and then 267 seconds (immediate call by Singh to Sharma). “The calls appear to be a consequence of the said developments and can be construed that this was the trigger for preferring death to disgrace,” the report said.
The agency notes Sharma appeared before Justice Agnihotri in connection with a PIL. “It has come in the evidence of wife, parents and relatives of Sharma that during hearing, Sharma was scolded by Justice Agnihotri”.
The report notes Justice Agnihotri invited him for “upnayan/mundan of his son on February 3.” Relatives and friends of Sharma alleged “the judge scolded him saying who made him an IPS… he was not fit to be a peon. No witness has come to depose about this.”The report concludes “the trigger was probably the call between IG and the SP.” IG Singh refused to comment.
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