Senior police officers serving in Gujarat have given testimonies or have faced action that calls into question the state government’s handling of the communal issue
He had filed two affidavits before the Nanavati Commission, accusing the government of interference during the communal riots and also cases of police inaction and apathy.
He was shunted out of the sensitive post of additional director general (intelligence) a few days after he had given a report to the National Minorities Commission about the anti-minority speech made by Modi in September 2002, the affidavit claimed.
In his affidavits, he had given details of mishandling of the communal riots by the Modi government and inaction on the part of police officials.
The Modi government had denied him promotion, something he challenged before the central administrative tribunal and the Gujarat HC, which ruled in his favour, forcing the government to give him promotion after he retired from service.
During the riots he had told the then junior home minister, Gordhan Zadafia, Hindus could be killed in police firing if they formed a mob and created law and order problems. The junior home minister told him if two Hindus were killed in police firing, two Muslims should also be killed. He told the minister: “If the mob contains 90% Hindus, then 90% casualty will be of Hindus.”
He had prepared a set of two CDs containing mobile call records of the CM, other ministers, BJP leaders, bureaucrats and police officials during the riots. The Modi government has recently given him notice for sharing details and official correspondence without seeking permission from the state authorities.
The call details for the period between February 27, 2002 and March 4, 2002, were also submitted by Sharma to the Nanavati Commission, probing the Godhra and post-Godhra riots as also to Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) probing 10 most serious riot cases.
In 2005, he was shunted out as DIG border range after he ordered the arrest of Radhanpur BJP MLA Shanker Chaudhary for allegedly killing two persons during the 2002 riots. He was immediately shifted to the post of principal, Junagadh Police Training School.
After he was picked up by the Gujarat high court as a member of the SIT to probe controversial encounter killing of Mumbra girl Ishrat Jahan and three others, he proactively pursued the investigation.
Currently posted as deputy director, Intelligence Bureau, New Delhi. During the 2002 riots, he had arrested a BJP leader on charges of leading a mob to attack Muslims at Bhuj in Kutch district, where he was SP. He was shifted to the insignificant post of deputy commissioner (prohibition and excise), Ahmedabad.
As SP of Banaskantha district, he had taken action against a police sub-inspector for being involved in communal riots. He was immediately transferred. Feeling humiliated, he quit the service and left for the US.