In an attempt to dislodge DGP Bua Singh, the Director Vigilance GL Sharma has sought "blessings" of chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Rector Nadwatul Uloom (Nadva) Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi.
Sharma met the Maulana on Thursday evening to explain his position when he was IG (Lucknow) zone nearly a decade ago and Intelligence agencies had then conducted raids at the Nadva.
Sharma who has long been trying to become the DGP had feeling that his chances of becoming the DGP under Mulayam Singh Yadav regime were being marred just because his limited role in raids at Nadva.
Thus in order to remove the "last hurdle" in the DGP race, Sharma decided to meet the Nadva chief to "apologise" for the incident.
The IB had conducted the raids in early nineties at Nadva on the ground that the institution had been harbouring terrorists. The chief minister never forgets to refer to this incident while bashing the Congress and wooing the Muslim community. Sharma was accompanied by one of his well-wishers who are also Nationalist Congress Party leader.
Sources said during the 30-minute meeting Sharma told the Maulana that the IB inspector, who conducted the raids, had sought help of local police but he never told him the place to be raided.
Expressing regrets over more than a decade old incident Sharma claimed that he was secular officer. The Maulana said it was quite old incident and in fact he had forgotten it.
The Maulana said he never had ill will against anybody. Nadvi "blessed" him to make further progress in his professional career.
Sharma 1972 batch officer is due to retire in 2008. Sharma camp is quite confident of his elevation to the DGP post.
His proximity with chairperson board of revenue Neera Yadav is well known. After the Supreme Court directives in October last to all the states to appoint senior most IPS officer as the DGP the change in UP was also expected.
The state government is to file affidavit in this connection to the apex court on January 3. However the government has decided to seek more time to implement the order.
But GL Sharma has been making hectic efforts to win the leadership favour for the coveted post. His meeting with the Nadva rector is being seen as a positive development among the police officers. "Road to 1, Tilak Marg (DGP headquarters) goes via Nadva", quipped an ADG sarcastically.