Gujarat govt slams PC`s comments on IPS officers

The Gujarat govt hit out at P Chidambaram for his statement on the issue of IPS officers, saying "this is dangerous to federal governance".

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government today hit
out at Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for his statement on
the issue of IPS officers, saying "this attitude is dangerous
to federal governance of the country".

The state government has also alleged that Congress could
go to any extent to topple a democratically elected

Chidambaram had expressed concern over Gujarat
government`s action against senior IPS officers, who are
locked in a confrontation with it over the post-Godhra riots
and said if the affected officers want, Centre could intervene
in the matter.

While IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had filed a PIL
before the Supreme Court against the Narendra Modi government
over Godhra issue, was suspended a few days back, a DIG rank
officer Rahul Sharma was issued a show-cause notice for giving
CDs of call records during the violence to various agencies
including SIT.

"On the issue of Rahul Sharma, I would like to say that
we have not served any chargesheet to him," State government
spokesperson and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said.

Vyas alleged that a false propaganda is being spread that
the state government is taking punitive actions against Sharma
for his depositions in the courts and commissions, which is
far from the truth.

"Sharma has committed gross misconduct by taking away
vital CDs from the case papers. It is not the case that the
state government issued a show cause notice to Sharma as he
deposed before Courts and Commissions. In fact it is the
opposite. Because of his not giving the CDs to investigating
officer or Supervisory officer, he has caused serious
infirmity to the riot cases investigation," Vyas alleged.

"Sharma was serving as Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Control), Ahmedabad between March 24, 2002 and July 3, 2002.
He was not the Investigating Officer (IO) or the direct
supervisory officer in the riot cases, for which, the compact
disks were procured from cell phone service providers," he

From the call records data, obtained from the private
service providers, Sharma had prepared a CD detailing the
calls made by important people in state administration
including the ministers, police officials and also of VHP and
Bajrang Dal activists during the 2002 communal violence.

"Sharma, on receiving the said CDs, did not include the
same as Case property (Muddamal)," he said.

"He neither handed over the same as case property to the
Supervisory Officer SS Chudasama, Assistant Commissioner of
Police, (Crime) Ahmedabad city nor to the investigating
officers GL Khunti," Vyas further said.

"He did not inform the court of jurisdiction about the
procurement of CDs and unlawfully retained with him," the
government spokesperson said.

"Sharma, on transfer and at the time of relinquishing
his charge as DCP (Control Room) Ahmedabad city, did not hand
over the aforesaid case property to his successor or
investigating officer of this case and illegally carried the
CDs with him," Vyas said.

"Hence, he caused damage to the investigation as the CDs
collected from service providers of the cell phone companies
could not become the part of the investigation. Thus, Sharma
grossly violated the provisions of law, deliberately caused
harm to the investigation of the said case by not depositing
the CDs as case property," he said.

"However, the vested interests are trying to mislead
people and the nation by false allegations. These forces are
trying to shield indisciplined and delinquent officers in the
name of Godhra riots. These elements are attempting to
interfere in the administrative function of the state," Vyas
further said.

"It seems it is a fashion to support any amount of
misconduct, dereliction of duty and recalcitrant behaviour of
anybody who claims that he knows something about 2002 riots or
who speaks out against the state government," Vyas said.

He alleged that the Congress Party has come out in open
supporting such indisciplined conduct of an All India Service
Officer, which should be a matter of concern for entire

"This attitude of the Congress party is dangerous to
the federal governance of the country. The appeal made by the
Congress Party to shield such officers by the Union Government
and the Supreme Court is a direct invitation to raise rebel
against the state government and encourage political
activities by a service officer," Vyas alleged.

"This shows that the Congress party can go to any extent
to topple a democratically elected government. This should be
condemned by all who believe in Rule of Law," he added.


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