IPS officer Rai likely to continue case in CAT
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 23:56
Ahmedabad: IPS officer Rajnish Rai is likely to continue his fight against Gujarat government in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) after the state home department expunged the adverse remarks made against him in Annual Confidential report (ACR) by his reviewing authority, the then DGP, P C Pande.

Days before the case is to come up before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the Gujarat government informed Rai on Friday last that the adverse remarks against him were removed.

"The government has passed an order which states that remarks of senior IPS officer P C Pande shall be withdrawn from the ACR of Rai and this was conveyed to us," his advocate Mukul Sinha said.

Rai was the officer who arrested three IPS officers--D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N-- during his investigation of the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. The officer is now holding the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police but has been on study leave of six months.

Rai, had approached the CAT challenging the 'average' grading and 'adverse' remarks made in his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) for the period of April 1, 2007 to August 22, 2007, when he was investigating officer in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

He had contended that the adverse remark against him and his performance downgrading by then reviewing authority P C Pande (now retired) was made because of his actions taken in connection with the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Rai had also contended in his application that the 'average' grading given to him would adversely affect his chances of promotion.

Rai's advocate Sinha said, "though the remarks have been expunged, his assessment has not be reviewed by the state government. We have prayed for re-assessment in the tribunal, and will fight for it".

The next hearing of the case is scheduled on September 13.


First Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 23:56

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