In a major relief to Punjabi University physical education and sports director Raj Kumar Sharma, the Supreme Court on Monday granted him anticipatory bail in a recent case of forgery and cheating against him.
“In the event of arrest or surrender of the petitioner (Sharma), he shall be admitted to bail in the sum of Rs 20, 000 with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the investigating officer or the Court concerned. The Special Leave Petition (SLP) stands disposed off, accordingly,” the Monday order of SC states.
Sharma had been evading arrest even after the rejection of his anticipatory bail by the high court for more than three weeks. A senior police official said he would comment on the department’s next course of judgment only after studying the SC order.
Sources said that SC order also means that his job could be safe as officials at the varsity had been waiting for his arrest before suspending him.
Sharma had moved the SC after Punjab and Haryana high court declined to grant him anticipatory bail plea on October 13 in a case slapped against him in August this year for submitting forged sports certificates to secure the job of a lecturer with the state government in 1991 and then as director sports with the varsity in 2004.
Sharma was booked on August 13 under Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purposes of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).
University conduct still questionable
The complainant in the case, Bhupinder Singh, has claimed that the varsity’s conduct in the case remains questionable as it granted extension for a year to Sharma in April this year.
“Since the police case still stands against him, the university should revoke his extension. State government rules do not permit any extension in service to anyone facing cases,” claimed Bhupinder.
He said that he would explore the possible legal remedies after getting a copy of the detailed judgment. In spite of repeated attempts, Sharma could not be contacted.