Gauhati High Court asks state govt to hand over 9-year-old case to CBI; orders probe into alleged nexus between the top cop and land mafia
Guwahati: Former Assam director general of police (DGP) Khagen Sharma, and his wife, Bandana Sharma, are in deep trouble again after the Gauhati High Court (HC) asked the state government to hand over a nine-year-old case relating to land grabbing and murder to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The HC order came following a writ petition filed in 2010, where it was alleged that a plot of land, owned by the petitioners, was sold to Bandana Sharma by fraudulent means.
Terming the police investigation into the case “unfair, partial and unethical”, the HC took strong exception to the development. “The land grabbers were exercising pressure with the help of police to vacate the property,” the petitioners alleged, adding: “The incident took place in 2009 when the caretaker of the plot got threatening calls.”
“Despite numerous requests to provide security, the caretaker of the plot was not given security by Assam Police,” the petitioners alleged.
The single bench judge of the High Court Justice Sanjay Kumar Medhi after a long hearing of the case (bearing no WPC 2460/2010) directed the Assam government to hand over the case to the CBI.
The court also directed assistant solicitor general of India SC Keyal and senior government advocate to transfer the necessary records of the case to the CBI within 15 days.
The writ petitioners of the case include Binod Kumar Jain, Mahavir Jain, Pradip Jain and others.
It is reported that Inder Singh Dell, caretaker of the land, which belongs to Mahavir Jain, was abducted on April 7, 2010 from his Sarabhati, Athgaon residence in Guwahati in a Maruti car and was later killed. His body was recovered from Chandrapur area of the city. Following an FIR into case at the Paltan Bazar police station, the police in its charge sheet included the name of Khagen Sharma.
This is not the first time that the former Assam DGP has been in the limelight for all wrong reasons.
According to an FIR lodged by Dulal Bora at Dispur police station in Guwahati on May 27, Khagen Sharma has been availing of all government benefits like government quarters, official vehicles, fuel, drivers and security guards, among others, even after his retirement on November 30, 2015.
“This is not alone, his wife, who is in Mumbai, is also availing of the same benefits from the government,” Bora told EastMojo.
Bora further alleged that apart from other benefits, Sharma is yet to return two government generators, one at his official residence in Lakhimi Nagar, Hatigaon in Guwahati, and the other at his quarters at the Special Branch complex of Assam Police.
Sources in the state secretariat alleged that soon after his retirement, Sharma also unsuccessfully tried his luck to become the security adviser to the Assam government last year.