Thursday, September 24, 2009

Judge accused of graft, suspended

Judge accused of graft, suspended
The Gujarat High Court has suspended additional sessions judge RH Shrama after getting more than 40 complaints of irregularities, corruption and highhanded behaviour over the past decade.

Registrar general of high court PP Bhatt confirmed Sharma’s suspension because of the numerous complaints against him and said that a departmental inquiry would be conducted against him. Further action against the suspended judge will be taken after this inquiry is completed.

When Mumbai was rocked by the 1993 serial blasts, CBI had sought Sharma’s help in the TADA case registered against the Bollywood star, Sanjay Dutt. Sharma went to Mumbai, but he was seriously injured in a blast that took place on a railway platform in November 1993.

He was hospitalised, remained unconscious for four days and discharged after a month-long treatment. During surgery, the doctors removed all shrapnel but one lodged near his heart could not be removed.

Information given by the high court reveals that complaints were made against Sharma by litigants, police officers as well as lawyers from almost all courts.

Sharma was known for his quick disposal of cases, including criminal cases. While he was practising as an advocate CBI picked him up for its panel of special advocates. Advocate PR Agarwal had sought details of complaints filed against the judge under RTI.

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