The state Anti-Corruption and Vigilance Bureau has booked former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and former home secretary PC Kapoor for giving "undue" benefit to a former Indian Police Service officer, AN Sharma.
The bureau has registered a first-information report (FIR) against former
inspector general of police AN Sharma under Sections 120-B and 420 of Indian Penal Code and Section 13-B of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The FIR also names the former chief minister, who also held home portfolio, and PC Kapoor, who was home secretary when AN Sharma had moved an application to withdraw his retirement plea in 2007.
Sharma, who was considered to be the blue-eyed boy of Dhumal, had applied for the retirement in 2007 since he was in race for BJP ticket from the Nadaun assembly segment. However, after he failed to secure BJP ticket, Sharma withdrew his retirement plea. On coming to power, the BJP government withdrew his retirement notification.
The 1989-batch IPS officer had given three-month notice period as per the government rules for his retirement on December 31, 2007. While his case was being dealt by the home department, Sharma sought concession of one-month for his retirement on November 21, 2007. The government reciprocated to his application and consequently Sharma applied for BJP ticket from Nadaun.
However, contrary to Sharma's aspirations the BJP high command denied him ticket and instead chose a local leader, Vijay Agnihotri.
After being denied ticket, Sharma wrote to the home department in the back date and requested for continuation of his service. The home department conveyed to Sharma that in accordance with his application he had been granted retirement on November 21, 2007, while his application for continuation of service was received on November 28, 2008.
Sharma later moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to seek stay on the process of his retirement. After the CAT granted stay, Sharma withdrew his case and made a plea for continuation of his service.
Sharma remained deputy inspector general of police in the crime investigation department and was appointed municipal commissioner of Shimla from 2009 to 2011 when he retired from the service.
On coming to power, the Congress government opened Sharma's retirement case and handed over investigations to anti-corruption bureau's special investigation unit, headed by Solan superintendent of police Ramesh Chajhta. The investigations concluded that service rules were not followed and Sharma was given undue benefit.
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