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Congress slams return of tainted police officers

Gujarat police officers Tarun Bhanot (left) and N.K. Amin. File

Gujarat police officers Tarun Bhanot (left) and N.K. Amin. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Duo rewarded for illegal actions, says Congress leader

Days after the Supreme Court forced two senior Gujarat police officers to step down from their official position for a “questionable track record”, the Congress was scathing in its criticism against the Gujarat government for promoting “tainted officers.”

On Thursday, two senior Gujarat police officers, N.K. Amin and Tarun Barot, stepped down after the Supreme Court ordered them to do so following a plea by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma. In his plea, Mr Sharma said the appointments violated the Supreme Court’s guidelines and “the doctrine of public trust.”

Both the officers are not only named as accused in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Ishrat Jahan but were also arrested. While Mr. Amin has been discharged of all charges by a special CBI court in the Sohrabuddin case, the trial in the Ishrat Jahan case is not yet over.

However, the Gujarat government had appointed the two officials “on contract” last year after their retirement. Mr. Amin was serving as the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Tapi district while Mr. Barot was re-inducted last October as Deputy Superintendent of Police with Western Railways at Vadodara.

“The State government didn’t have anyone else to fill up these vacancies except these two gentlemen. Isn’t this a case of a special Gujarat model?” Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said at a party briefing on Saturday.

Without mentioning names, Mr. Singhvi alleged that the two officers were “rewarded for obeying instructions of higher ups.”

“Even after spending seven years in jail, there was no departmental proceeding against them. On the contrary, they were rewarded for doing illegal things. Their appointment also shows that there was neither any fear nor respect for law,” he said.

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