Article calling Modi 'petty and vindictive' by journalist Aakar Patel removed by news website!
New Delhi/Ahmedabad: As popular mood and opinion polls continue to point towards a landslide victory for alliance, an incident of BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi- led Gujarat government’s high –handedness and manipulation of state powers to harass an IPS officer has been brought to light by journalist Aakar Patel, currently working with Mint newspaper.
In his recent article - What can we expect of Narendra Modi - Patel called Modi "petty and vindictive". The story has now been removed from publication’s website pending review.
Patel has drawn the attention towards gross harassment being meted out to Rajkot DIG Rahul Sharma.
Sharma, whose brilliant investigative skills led to the arrest of former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, had been served six show-cause notices and 52 letters for 'offences' ranging from "misconduct as an officer" to "spelling mistakes".
"The brave Indian Police Service officer tracked the movements of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) thugs who participated in the rioting. He did so by going to the mobile phone operators and securing data from their signal towers tracking cell phone movements. This is how we established the involvement of Modi’s minister in one of the worst instances of rioting in 2002, in which 97 people, among them 35 children and 32 women, were killed in Naroda Patiya in Ahmedabad," wrote Patel in his article. Kodnani was convicted in the case in 2012 by a special court in Ahmedabad.
Ironically, Sharma, who should be promoted for his initiative, is being persecuted even today. The Gujarat government charged him under the official secrets act for not handing over this data, but instead giving it to a commission of inquiry. "Why on earth would Sharma give such vital evidence to the people trying to conceal it? He acted correctly, courageously and patriotically. But Modi sees him as an implacable enemy and thus began the ordeal of Sharma which has continued for over a decade," Patel added.
This month, it was reported that Sharma "has filed three petitions in the CAT (central administrative tribunal) alleging harassment by the state government and other superior officers to him stating that as he had submitted various crucial evidences before Justice Retd KG Nanavati and Akshay Mehta commissions probing 2002 riots indicting the government, he is being targeted".
"In one of the three petitions, he contended that the state government has issued charge sheet and held back his promotion with malafide intentions. On December 6 last year ahead of December 7 - the day when the promotions were declared - he was charge sheeted for the case of a missing CD, which contains crucial records of 2002 riots," he said in the petition.
"Charges of fake signature were also made by the state government with malafide intentions to stop his promotion," he alleged in the petition.
"While serving as Rajkot DIG, Sharma was given six show-cause notices and 52 letters were sent to him alleging his misconduct as an officer. Some notices, he says, "were issued giving frivolous reasons. One such reason was 'giving cash awards' to driver and other subordinates while another was doing spelling mistakes," the second petition said.
"Yes, spelling mistakes. Let it not be said, as I have told you, that Modi is not petty or vindictive," said Patel in his article.
Patel went on to write that "Modi has always abused the Home Ministry". "Modi has no restraint and little sense of boundaries. Even the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is upset because it believes that he and Amit Shah stitched up Sanjay Joshi, a popular Pracharak whom Modi detests because he opposed him, in a tawdry sex scandal," writes the journalist.
Sharma, whose brilliant investigative skills led to the arrest of former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, had been served six show-cause notices and 52 letters for \'offences\' ranging from \"misconduct as an officer\" to \"spelling mistakes\".