Human Rights

Fake encounter FIR against IPS officer quashed

Ahmadabad: The Gujarat High Court quashed an FIR against senior police officer Kuldip Sharma on the ground that it was too late to allow further proceedings in 26 year old case. Justice RH Shukla, however, refused to consider Sharma’s allegation of grudge, vendetta and malafide against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Gujarat CID (Crime) had registered the FIR in case dating back to 1984 when Sharma was the SP at Kucth where two persons Umar Wali Muhammad Mokha and Fakir Muhammad Buta Mokha were killed in an alleged fake encounter. Two more persons of the family were picked two days prior to the encounter of 10 April, 1984. They are stil untraceable.

Sharma in his plea submitted that the FIR was a fallout of the chief minister’s grudge against him for not toeing the government’s line. The judge advised him to raise the issue with Central Administrative Tribunal. Sharma has earned government’s ire for helping the CBI in probe against Amit Shah. An official said that the government can still lodge another FIR in a similar case in Surat. Sharma’s brother Pradip, an IAS officer, is in jail for alleged corruption during his tenure as Kutch collector, for the last seven months.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2010 on page no. 11

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