In a u-turn on the adverse annual confidential reports (ACR) of IPS officer Rajnish Rai, the Gujarat government has expunged remarks made by then DGP PC Pande, who had downgraded Rai's ACRs.
The state home department's latest move has come after Rai, who has challenged the downgrading of his ACRs before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), filed an explosive affidavit revealing details of how former junior home minister Amit Shah had tried to derail the probe in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Confirming the latest development, a source in the home department said, "After scrutiny it was found the remarks were not maintainable."
In his affidavit, Rai has given sordid details of collusion between Shah, Pande, former DG-CID crime OP Mathur, who allegedly tampered with evidence in the sensational case.
Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his friend Tulsi Ram Prajapati were killed in separate encounters in 2005. In 2007, Rai had stunned the Modi administration by arresting three IPS officers, DG Vanjara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh MN of Rajasthan cadre.
However, Rai was immediately removed as the officer supervising the fake encounter case. Subsequently, DGP Pande had downgraded Rai's ACRs and had inserted remarks accusing him of being strong headed. Rai had also stated in the affidavit that Pande and Mathur were acting at the instance of Shah, who were prime accused in the killings.