Several IPS officers have waged battle with the Gujarat government over the last decade,raising issues ranging from fake encounters to an allegedly partisan role during the 2002 riots. The government,in turn,has charged them in various cases,denied them promotions and given them postings without promise. A status report:
Rahul Sharma: 1992 batch. As DCP (Ahmedabad City Control) in 2002,he made records of mobile calls by police officers and politicians,including BJP MLA Dr Maya Kodnani,which allegedly indicate that they were involved in the post-Godhra riots. Details of these records were first reported by The Indian Express in 2004. The government has initiated proceedings for violation of the Officials Secrets Act and indiscipline. Sharma moved the Gujarat High Court on Thursday,challenging the showcause notice served on him. In 2002,as Bhavnagar SP,he had quelled rioters after which he was posted in Ahmedabad City Control. After his disclosures,he was posted with the CBI. On return to Gujarat,he was sent to head an SRP unit in Rajkot. He has also submitted the CD records to the Nanavati Comission.
Sanjiv Bhatt: 1988 batch,suspended for indiscipline and poor conduct. In 2009,appearing before an Supreme Court-appointed SIT,he said that after the Godhra carnage in 2002,CM Narendra Modi had called a meeting where he ordered the police to let rioting mobs attack Muslims. Since then,he has accused even the SIT of leaking information to the government and filed a series of affidavits in the Supreme Court as well as emails from the account of additional advocate general Tushar Mehta,once his friend,who has since accused him of hacking. The government had been denying him promotions and the DGP office later confirmed this was because of his controversial nature.
Satish Verma: 1986 batch. Part of an SIT appointed by the High Court last year to probe Ishrat Jahans death,he went against his team-mates when,in June this year,he said the encounter could have been faked. The government has hit back with a case from the early 1990s,when an RDX consigment had reached Porbandar before being used for blasts in Mumbai. The charge is that he went soft on accused Abdul Sattar. Vermas record includes ordered the arrest of BJP MLA Shankar Chaudhary for rioting,and once slapping BJP MLA Yatin Oza,who now heads the HC advocates association and is pursuing his arrest in the RDX case. Verma,given minor posts since 2003,was made joint commissioner (traffic) in Ahmedabad in 2010.
Rajnish Rai: 1992 batch,now on study leave. In 2007,as DIG (CID-crime),he took over investigations from Geetha Johri in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and arrested IPS officers D G Vanzara,Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh MN. He was removed and later sent to the Crime Records Bureau and then to head an SRP training centre. While studying law at Gujarat University,he was charged with copying; the High Court later cleared him. He has complained to tribunal CAT about a downgrade in his annual confidential report to deny him a promotion.
R B Sreekumar: 1971 batch,now retired. He was Additional DGP (Intelligence) during the 2002 riots. In depositions to a state-appointed panel in 2004-05,he alleged the government had ordered the police to be partisan during the riots. He was denied promotion to the rank of DGP (he qualifies on seniority) as the government took up a case from 1987,when he had been Kutch SP. CAT ruled in his favour,directing his reinstatement even after retirement,an order upheld by the HC. He has written The Diary of a Helpless Man on alleged police subversion during the riots.
Kuldeep Sharma: 1976 batch. Denied the DGPs post,he is now on Central deputation in Delhi. Heading CID (crime) in 2005,he had taken on then home minister Amit Shah ,writing to the chief secretary about Shah being bribed by fraud case accused Ketan Parikh. Since then,the government has arrested his brother Pradeep Sharma,an IAS officer,in connection with a land scam. Kuldeep Sharma,given minor postings,went to CAT when his ACR was downgraded,and won an order in his favour. He was later implicated in an encounter case from 1984,when he was Kutch SP,with the CID probing him for murder and kidnapping till the High Court quashed the charges in 2010. He was also probed for wrongful confinement of a subordinate and his wife during his time in CID (crime); the HC has since stayed the proceedings. Brother Pradeep has been in jail for more than a year.
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