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Friday, August 12, 2011

GUJARAT COMMUNAL RIOTS: Whistleblower cop Rahul Sharma's writ petition rejected!!

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NDTV Correspondent, Updated: August 12, 2011 16:02 IST.

Ahmedabad:  The Gujarat High Court has rejected the writ petition of senior IPS officer Rahul Sharma who had moved court asking why documents were not been given to him which could help him build his defence in replying to a showcause notice served to him by the Narendra Modi government in connection with the Gujarat riots.

The state government has charged Mr Sharma with giving call record details related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots to the Nanavati Commission without informing the government.

Mr Sharma was served a showcause notice in February this year and sources have told NDTV that the state government could soon file a chargesheet against him.

Mr Sharma had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) to reply to the showcause notice.

Phone records collected by Mr Sharma between February 27 and March 4, 2002, purportedly show that during the riots in Gujarat after the burning of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra on February 27, 2002, rioters on the streets were in touch with policemen and politicians. The government has alleged that some of these records are inaccurate and that a CD given by Mr Sharma to the probe panel is doctored.

Mr Sharma is currently posted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), armed units, in Rajkot. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Control Room at the time of the riots. In February this year, he was served the showcause notice detailing the charges against him and asking why he should not be chargesheeted.

Mr Sharma's case has sparked off more political sparring. "The BJP government in Gujarat is stifling all opinion which goes against them," Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, said. 

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