Retired IPS officer Rahul Sharma, who had locked horns with the Gujarat Government in the 2002 communal riots’ investigation, has announced floating a political party that would contest all 182 Assembly constituencies in Gujarat in the upcoming elections.
Sharma, who is currently a practicing lawyer in the Gujarat High Court, made the announcement in a Facebook post. “My close group of friends and I want to float a political party that intends to contest Assembly Elections in Gujarat of 2017. I invite my friends on FB to assist me in forming this political party. For this, we would need your Voter ID card, along with a xerox copy,” Sharma posted on his Facebook page and asked people to contact him on his mobile phone for further details.
The name of his political outfit would be “Smart Party”.
Interestingly, Sharma was part of a team which was supervising the probe of the riots in Ahmedabad city in 2002. He had prepared CDs containing call data records (CDRs) which later become vital evidences in Naroda Patiya massacre and Naroda Gam massacre cases.
The Gujarat Government had initiated departmental proceedings against Sharma with reference to the CDR CDs following which he challenged it in the Central Administration Tribunal which had quashed the departmental proceedings against Sharma.
The Gujarat Government challenged the CAT order in the Gujarat High Court where the matter is pending.
In 2015, Sharma sought voluntary retirement from service which was accepted by the State Government.