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RK Sharma to pen down experiences

Days after being acquitted in Shivani Bhatnagar murder case by the Delhi high court, RK Sharma has said that he may write a book focussing on the last 10 years that he has spent in jail. Bhartesh Singh Thakur reports. Watch video

india Updated: Oct 14, 2011 22:39 IST
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
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Days after being acquitted in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case by the Delhi high court, former IPS officer RK Sharma has said that he may write a book focussing on the last 10 years that he has spent in jail.

"In life certain tragedies take place, which have no reasoning. It was destined. It was to happen," Sharma said when asked about Bhatnagar.

He was acquitted by Delhi high court on October 12 in the Bhatnagar's murder case.

Talking to HT, he said, "I am planning to write my experiences. I am in a habit of taking notes. My wife, who has worked as journalist, and my elder son-in-law, who is a writer, could help me out."

He added that book could be autobiographical and would focus on the last 10 years.

Talking on his efforts on jail reforms, he said, "Telephone for jail inmates was a big achievement. Earlier, parole used to be given to only 5% of the convicts. But now other 95% are also getting it. The concept of semi-open jails was also introduced. Eight to ten PILs in Delhi high court are still pending. I will pursue them."

"I filed many applications under RTI Act and PILs. For that a lot of research work is required. I used to work at least three to fours hours daily. These reforms got implemented as judiciary accepted my PILs and Delhi government cooperated."

"Jail is for changing a person. And we have to send them back to the society to test them. 80% people in jails are random crime committers and not criminals," he said.

On telephone call records issue (which led to his acquittal), he reacted, "System had to change. From a head constable to inspector, there is lot of discretion - which must decrease."

When asked about appeal by prosecution in Supreme Court, he said, "It is their legal right. Like I approached the high court, they also have a right to approach the SC. I will face everything head on. I have never run away from the law."

"I think I will apply for my reinstatement (in Haryana police). I will talk to my lawyer and consult my family. I will give a thought to it," said Sharma.

When asked that whether he was framed up due to political pressure, he refused to comment.

"I have lost 10 years of my life. I missed my children. It is for the first time in 10 years that I am with my wife on Karwa Chauth. Now I look my life so differently."