‘Hounded’ IPS officer moves CAT

Rajnish Rai

Rajnish Rai, who first put trigger-happy cops behind bars, says his bosses, govt ruined his career

Senior IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who was the first to make major arrests in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, has moved the Central Administration Tribunal (Ahmedabad Bench) against the Gujarat government for allegedly ruining his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) with negative remarks for the year in which he was handling the case.

Rai, a 1992 batch officer, is at present pursuing a course at IIM-A on study leave. He has made his two former bosses O P Mathur, formerly an additional DGP (CID), and P C Pande, a former DGP, and the state government a party in his application to the CAT over his ACR during 2007-2008 .

Rai has particularly taken objection to the remarks against him in his 2007-2008 ACR for the 121 days when he was handling the case.

On April 23, 2007, Rai, the then DIG CID (Crime), arrested three senior IPS officers — DIG (Border Range) D G Vanzara; SP Rajkumar Pandiyan and Udaipur SP Dinesh MN — after calling them to the CID (Crime) office in Gandhinagar on the pretext of discussing the case.

Later on May 4, 2007, Geetha Johri replaced Rai, who was then posted as DIG, State Crime Records Bureau (a non-executive post) followed by a posing as the principal, Police Training (Chowky) at Junagadh (non-executive post).

Rai was later alleged to have cheated in his LLB examinations and the Gujarat University declared him failed in all subjects. Rai, however, won the case against the GU in Gujarat High Court, which ordered to allow him to appear for two semester exams simultaneously in 2009. In 2010, he opted for study leave.

Rai's application in CAT comes a week after senior IPS officer, ADGP Kuldeep Sharma, won a case in the Principal Bench of CAT in New Delhi against the state government for downgrading his ACR from 'outstanding' to 'very good'.

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