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Ahmedabad: Satish Chandra Verma, a famous IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, has received a major setback from the Delhi High Court. The court has upheld his dismissal. Verma, a 1986-batch officer, has dismissed a plea challenging his sacking. Verma, who served in Gujarat for a long time, was recognized as a tough officer for a time. An IIT Delhi graduate, Verma first came into limelight in 1998 when he was accused of assaulting BJP MLA and senior High Court lawyer Yatin Ojha. Ojha was an MLA from the Sabarmati assembly. After this, when the 2002 riots took place, Verma was given duty in the most affected Naroda Gam. Then from all these cases, Verma’s identity had become that of a super cop.
Encounter was told ‘fake’
After this Verma was posted in various areas of Gujarat including Junagadh, in the meanwhile many encounters took place in the state. Verma again hit the headlines in 2010 when the High Court ordered a probe into the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case headed by him. On June 15, 2004, 19-year-old Ishrat was killed in an encounter with the Gujarat police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in which Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Akbar Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed. The police had claimed that all four were terrorists. Verma conducted the investigation between April, 2010 and 2011. In this, he called the encounter fake. After Verma’s investigation report, IPS officers like PP Pandey, DG Vanzara, GL Singhal of Ishrat Jahan encounter had to go to jail, although later all the officers were acquitted.
Verma reached IGP
Verma, a 1986 batch officer, was able to reach the post of IGP. The matter of his dismissal is related to his posting as Chief Vigilance Officer of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO). In 2014, Verma was posted on this post. It was during this period that Verma made allegations of financial and administrative irregularities against the NECCO management while in office in Shillong. During this, he also had a confrontation with the then Home Minister Kiren Rijiju. During this service, he was issued three memos from the Central Government. These included cases of violation of service conditions and unauthorized leaves. September 2018 A report alleging delay in giving media interviews. This time the central government sacked Verma just a month before his retirement. Once a strong officer, Verma’s junior reached the rank of DGP of Gujarat, but Verma remained on the post of IGP due to not getting promotion.
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