The Haryana government has begun the process of dismissing 1976-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Ravi Kant Sharma from service following his conviction by a Delhi court a year ago.
Sharma, along with three others, was awarded life sentence for the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar in her East Delhi apartment 10 years ago. The state’s Home department is preparing to serve a show-cause notice for dismissal from service on the suspended police officer shortly.
“Once Sharma gives his reply, the matter will be referred to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for issuing the final orders in the matter,” sources told Hindustan Times requesting anonymity.
They said Sharma had written to the state government that he had the right to appeal against his conviction in the case and any proceedings against him would be premature. The authorities, however, rejected the plea and moved the case for his dismissal. His request was turned down because there was no stay on his conviction, sources said. The Home department had initially sent the case for his dismissal to the Union Home Ministry for action.
The ministry consulted the Union Public Service Commission and then sent it back, asking the state authorities to issue notice to Sharma. Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, G. Prasanna Kumar is also conducting an inquiry into the officer’s absence from duty immediately after his role in the case became public.