Senior IPS officers Arun Kumar Sharma (AK Sharma), a one-time confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah is back in Gujarat cadre. The move comes a fortnight before he is set to retire.
AK Sharma is set to retire on January 31. He had not been empanelled in the Centre and hence could have been left without retirement benefits as a result of which he had to be brought back to Gujarat cadre.
The Centre had empanelled the IPS officers of the 1987 batch and promoted them to the DG rank. The Gujarat-cadre 1987 batch additional DG, IPS officer AK Sharma had not been made the DG.
It had come as a surprise to many that AK Sharma was not made the DG as he was believed to be close to both Modi and Shah.
It is believed that Sharma will be given the promotion as DG once he returns to the home cadre. The buzz is that Sharma may also be given a plum posting after retirement.
Who is AK Sharma?
When Modi first became the Chief Minister, Sharma was the SP of Mehsana district. When Modi fought his first election as an MLA from Rajkot, Sharma was transferred from Mehsana to Rajkot.
After Modi became the PM in 2014, Sharma was moved to the Centre on deputation and made Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
But Sharma clashed with another Gujarat-cadres IPS officer Rakesh Asthana who was also with the CBI.
Both had accused each other of corruption. Both were later moved out of CBI and Sharma was made additional director with the CRPF and was serving at the headquarters in Delhi.
The buzz was that Modi trusted Sharma completely and so strong was his clout that other officers feared him. It was believed that thanks to his close association with those in power, Sharma kept tabs on all the top IAS and IPS officials.
Sharma has had a long stint in the intelligence bureau and was also the Gandhinagar Range IG. It is believed that Sharma’s controversial stint in the CBI could be the reason why he was not promoted to DG rank.
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