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SC asks CAT to proceed with Sreekumar case hearing

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices on the petition filed by Mr RV Sreekumar, former Additional Director General (CID), Gujarat challenging the Gujarat High Court order through which the proceedings pending before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) were stayed.

Mr Sreekumar had moved the CAT after he was denied promotion to the rank of DGP.

A bench comprising Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan and Mr Justice D K Jain directed the CAT to proceed with the hearing of the case but restrained it from pronouncing the final order.

Mr Sreekumar, who was the seniormost IPS officer of Gujarat was denied promotion to the rank of DGP as he had in a report sent to Union Home Ministry alleged that state chief minister Narendra Modi had issued instructions to the state police officers not to act against rioters during 2002 Gujarat communal disturbances in the wake of Godhra train carnage in which over 59 karsevaks were charred to death.

Mr Sreekumar approached the CAT for redressal while the Gujarat government challenged the proceddings pending before the CAT in Gujarat High Court.

Gujarat High Court stayed the proceedings pending before CAT.

The matter was brought in the Supreme Court by senior counsel Harish Salve, who pleaded that his client was being victimised for speaking the truth and exposing the Chief Minister and other state senior police officers who failed to control the riots.

Thousands of people of the minority community were killed amid widespread arson and looting in the state.

The matter would come up for hearing in the Supreme Court after vacations in July.

UNI AKS/SC DKS BD1636

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