More eight months after encounter specialist inspector Pradeep Sharma (46) was dismissed from the Mumbai Police for alleged underworld links, the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) ordered the state to reinstate him with full back wages.
Directing Sharma’s reinstatement, a bench of Justice S Radhakrishnan and MAT member AP Sinha quashed the August 30, 2008 order of the Director General of Police (DGP) dismissing him. They said the DGP’s order “cannot be sustained by law and … is utterly arbitrary”.
Sharma told HT after his reinstatement order, “I am a victim of a corrupt system. But now I will join the force again and serve with the same intensity.”
Sharma had eliminated 112 criminals in encounters during his 25 years in service.
But it will be some time before Sharma will be able to wear the khaki uniform again. “Once we receive a copy of the MAT order, we will send it to the state’s legal department for scrutiny and opinion. Based on that we will decide whether to appeal against the order or implement it,” said DGP S.S. Virk.
The then DGP AN Roy had ordered Sharma’s immediate dismissal without a departmental inquiry on the ground that witnesses would not freely come forward to depose in the inquiry as Sharma had a “liaison with global terrorists and organised crime syndicates”.