Guj HC quashes FIR against top cop in encounter case

In a major reprieve to ADGP Kuldeep Sharma, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday quashed an FIR filed against him by the state government in connection with a 26-year-old encounter case.

Ahmedabad: In a reprieve to IPS officer
Kuldeep Sharma, the Gujarat High Court today quashed the FIR
against him in connection with the 1984 Kutch encounter case.

While quashing the FIR, Justice R H Shukla, also rejected
the stay on the order requested by the state government.

Based on an application by one Jusab Juma Mokha of Kutch,
that five of his family members were allegedly killed by some
policemen in 1984, an FIR was lodged this month against Sharma
who was then SP of the district.

The Gujarat CID had lodged FIR against Sharma and three
others on August 10 this year.

According to the FIR, Sharma and others had been facing
charges under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302
(murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 365 (kidnapping), 368
(wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) besides
rioting and other sections.

Sharma, an 1976 batch IPS officer, is currently the MD of
Gujarat Sheep and Wool Development Corporation.

In 2005, when Sharma was heading CID (crime), he had
written a letter to the then Chief Secretary of Gujarat Sudhir
Mankad alleging that former Gujarat Minister of State for Home
Amit Shah had taken a bribe from Ketan Parikh, who was an
accused in the Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank fraud.


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