Rahul Sharma`s petition premature: Guj govt to CAT
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 19:03
Ahmedabad: Gujarat government on Thursday opposed IPS officer Rahul Sharma's petition before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging the chargesheet against him in connection with the phone-call record CDs of 2002 riot period, terming it premature.

One of the charges against Sharma is he did not produce the CDs before the investigating officer or the supervisory officer.

In an affidavit filed before CAT bench of Mukesh K Gupta and Ashok Kumar, government also refuted Sharma's allegation that he was chargesheeted because he had deposed before the Nanavati Commission, which is probing the 2002 riot cases.

As Sharma today sought time to file rejoinder to the affidavit before the bench scheduled for the next hearing on January 31.

The affidavit, filed by state home secretary Manoj Kumar, said Sharma's petition should be rejected as it was premature. "Applicant has rushed to CAT without even replying to the chargesheet," it said.

The charges against Sharma had "nothing to do with what, when, how the applicant was deposed before Justice G T Nanavati Commission", it said.

Sharma's contention was that he is protected under section 6 of Commissions of Inquiry Act, which says that no statement made by a person before a Commission can be used against him.

But Kumar's affidavit said that Sharma could not claim protection under section 6, as the production of CDs by Sharma before Nanavati Commission was not in reply to the question asked by the Commission.

The question requiring production of CDs was asked during a cross examination by Mukul Sinha of Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM); the Commission had not asked for CDs, it said.


First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 19:03

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