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Former Gujarat cadre IPS goes to CIC

By IndianMandarins- 26 Feb 2019


Former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rahul Sharma has approached the CIC after his RTI request, demanding copies of a state government proposal to the Home Ministry seeking disciplinary proceedings against him, was rejected on the grounds of being personal information.


The appeal was heard by Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava recently where Sharma argued that since he was seeking information about an order pertaining to him, the denial on the grounds of it being "personal information" was flawed.


The 1992-batch IPS officer quit the service in 2015 post several run-ins with the then Gujarat government after he had submitted a CD containing crucial call records related to the 2002 riots to the Nanavati Commission.


During the hearing before Bhargava, Sharma said after his voluntary retirement in 2015, the Gujarat government instituted departmental proceedings against him.


"However, as per Section 6(1)(b)(i) of the All India Services (Death cum Retirement Benefit) Rules 1958, such departmental proceedings cannot be instituted without the sanction of the Central Government," he told the CIC.

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