Gujarat HC orders quashing of FIR against IPS Kuldeep Sharma
In a reprieve to IPS officer Kuldeep Sharma, facing murder charges, the Gujarat High Court today quashed the FIR against him in connection with the 1984 Kutch encounter case.
Ahmedabad: In a reprieve to IPS officer
Kuldeep Sharma, facing murder charges, the Gujarat High Court
today quashed the FIR against him in connection with the 1984
Kutch encounter case.
Justice R H Shukla, while quashing the FIR against Sharma
relied on submissions made by the petitioner`s counsel and
observations made by the Supreme Court in similar cases.
The court observed that "chances of an ultimate
conviction is bleak and, therefore, no useful purpose is
likely to be served by allowing a criminal prosecution to
And taking into consideration, the special facts of the
case, the court quashed the proceedings.
The court also rejected the request of state government
for stay on the order in case of appeal.
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 Kutch, and three others.
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.