Chronology and List of Dates
Victimization of Rahul Sharma, IPS Gujarat
Rahul Sharma Deposes before the Nanavati Shah Commission
Speaks in Detail about the CD of phone call records submitted by him as also by the Failure of the Gujarat Police to Further Investigate the Gulberg and Naroda Patiya killings thoroughly and in an impartial manner
Victim Witnesses apply to the Special Investigation Team to make him a witness in the Gulberg Case. SIT had not made him a witness before this, inexplicably
Ten months later he is examined as a Prosecution Witness in the Gulberg Trial- PW No.330 exb.1213 when he speaks of the failure of the Gujarat police to investigate the case professionally
Thereafter 2009, 2010
He records statement in thi connection with the SIT, AK Malhotra. Information of his statement being recorded and its contents are leaked to the Gujarat government by someone in SIT
Gujarat questions IPS officer for furnishing riots call data
Rahul Sharma served Notice
Late Night Wednesday August 10 2011
Rahul Sharma being Charge sheeted Under the Official Secrets Act By the Modi Government
Rahul Sharma being Chargesheeted Under the Official Secretars Act
By the Modi Government
Gujarat EDN, TOI 11AUG2011 OSA slapped on Rahul Sharma
Govt Clears Chargesheet Against IPS Officer Behind Damning Phone Records
Ajay Umat | TNN
Ahmedabad: In a clear counter-offensive on senior officials not toeing the political line in the probe into 2002 riots and subsequent encounters, the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat has decided to charge-sheet deputy inspector general (DIG) Rahul Sharma for indiscipline and violation of Official Secrets Act (OSA).
The departmental action comes on the heels of the suspension on Tuesday of another DIG Sanjiv Bhatt and reflects the danger that police officers face for defying the government on this sensitive issue.
The chargesheet cleared by chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, it is learnt, accuses Sharma of passing on information to the Nanavati Commission, which is probing the Godhra incident and post-Godhra riots, without the permission from the government. The other allegation is that Sharma violated his service conduct rules by alleging before the special investigation team (SIT) that phone call records collected in the Naroda Patia investigation had been destroyed.
In May 2002, Sharma was asked to assist the investigations into the Naroda Patia massacre (95 dead). As a part of the investigation, phone call data of of entire city of Ahmedabad was collected. This data revealed the links of political leaders with police officers and their movements during the peak of rioting.
The then joint commissioner of crime branch, P P Pande, had handed over a set of two CDs, containing the data, to Sharma and asked him to analyse the records. Sharma copied the same in his home computer on the hard-disk but before he could study them he was transferred to Vav, Surat. As per his statement before the Nanavati Commission, he had sent back the CDs to Pande through a police messenger just before relinquishing his charge.
Phone calls that nail the mobsters
Then minister of state Mayaben Kodnani and state VHP general secretary Dr Jaydeep Patel had been arrested in February 2009 by the SIT when the data analysis of phone records done by Jan Sangharsh Manch corroborated the statements made by eye-witnesses. In October 2004, when Sharma was asked by the government prosecutor to appear before the Nanavati Commission for cross-examination, he handed over 2 CDs to the commission copied from his home computer. He submitted the same CDs to the SIT, then led by former CBI director R K Raghavan, in May 2008. He had argued that it was most surprising that the mobile phone records had been destroyed even while the matter was pending before the Supreme Court. These records were the only scientific evidence available to nail the truth.