Friday, April 8, 2011

CAT stalls Modi govt's action against senior police officer

NEW DELHI: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) scrapped Gujarat government's charge-memo to one of its senior most police officers, proposing to hold a departmental inquiry against him for allegedly harassing another IPS officer by registering a criminal case against him under the Official Secret Act.

New Delhi-based CAT's principal bench quashed the state's 'charge-memo' against its Additional Director General of Police Kuldeep Sharma saying "the undeniable impression that can be gathered is that he (Sharma) has fallen out of favour of the state government."

The CAT's bench comprising its chairman Justice VK Bali and member LK Joshi, quashed Gujarat government's charge-sheet against Sharma, a 1976 batch IPS officer, on a petition filed by his counsel I H Sayeed, accusing the state government of harassing him for opaque political reasons.

"From totality of the facts and circumstances of the case," the bench said, it is clear that Sharma "is adversely affected in his service career on all counts, be it his posting against a ex cadre post, downgrading of his Annual Confidential Records or not giving him vigilance clearance for central deputation."

The bench acceded to Sharma's contention that he has been shunted to an insignificant, out-of-cadre post of managing director, Gujarat sheep and wool development, despite "an unblemished service credentials spanned over a period of 33 years."

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