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HC grants bail to suspended IAS officer Sharma

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The High Court today granted to suspended in a case being investigated by the (ED).

Justice A J Desai granted to Sharma after taking into account a recent judgement that struck down the section 45 (1) of the Prevention of Act (PMLA) as "unconstitutional".

The section imposed certain conditions for release of an accused on like requiring the trial court to hear the pleader and consider evidences against him while deciding his bail plea.

The same court had earlier stayed further proceedings against Sharma in the special and prevented it from framing charges against him.

Sharma had filed a revision appeal in the HC after the special rejected his discharge application.

Sharma, arrested under the PMLA and lodged at the here for around a year-and-a-half, was released today.

The ED had registered an offence against Sharma on the basis of cases lodged by CID (Crime) and the ACB for allegedly sanctioning land at cheaper rate in 2004 to a private corporate group and its companies in district as part of a suspected quid pro quo.

He was then the collector and chairman of the District Land Evaluation and This had allegedly caused a loss of Rs 1.2 crore to the exchequer.

Against this favour, the bureaucrat had allegedly received gains to the tune of Rs 22 lakh in the name of his wife, the ED had alleged.

He allegedly transferred the money using hawala (illegal remittance system) route to his wife with the help of five persons who have also named in the ED charge sheet.

Sharma had earlier claimed he was being victimised by the BJP in for his knowledge of the illegal surveillance of a woman by government agencies.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 00:55 IST