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IAS officer Sharma moves Guj HC for quashing of bribery case

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Suspended today approached the High Court, seeking quashing of a 10-year-old bribery case against him, days after his arrest in the case.

Justice J B Pardiwala issued a notice to the (ACB). The matter will come up for hearing next week.

Sharma's petition said the FIR was filed in 2018 for an offence which allegedly took place in 2007-08. The ACB has relied on the statements of only two witnesses who were not made accused themselves, it added.

Further, the FIR was registered the day he was released on bail in a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act that he is facing, which showed the "ill intention" of the ACB, he said.

Last Thursday, the high court granted him bail in a money laundering case, being investigated by the (ED). He was arrested soon after he walked out of the where he was lodged for nearly a year and a half.

As per the ACB's FIR, Sharma accepted Rs 25 lakh from a when he held an additional charge as the of the state-owned ship-building company, Alcock Ashdown (Guj) Ltd, located in Bhavnagar.

According to the ACB, during the ED probe, told ED officials that the suspended took a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from him to clear pending bills when Sharma was the MD of Alcock Ashdown between 2007 and 2008.

Sharma was the of Bhavnagar during the period.

Earlier, the ED registered a case against Sharma for allegedly allotting government land at a low rate to a private company in district in 2004 for a quid pro quo.

Sharma had claimed that he was being victimised by the BJP government in for his knowledge of 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: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:50 IST