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The Allahabad High Court has stayed the arrest of UP Police Deputy SP Nishank Sharma, who is probing the land acquisition scam for the Yamuna Expressway Development Authority. Sharma is accused of taking bribe to protect the accused in the scam. The High Court has directed the Special CBI Court at Ghaziabad that if the petitioner appears in the court, a bond to the effect that he will cooperate in the trial of the case and appear personally or through an advocate during the hearing.
The CBI, which is probing the case against Nishank Sharma, has filed a charge sheet. On which the Special Court CBI has summoned him by issuing a bailable warrant. The petition was filed seeking quashing of the charge sheet and protection against arrest. Justice Ajit Singh heard the petition of Nishant Sharma.
Senior advocate Anoop Trivedi, appearing for the petitioner, said that the petitioner is a police officer who was investigating the Yamuna Expressway land scam. He initiated 82/83 proceedings against the accused and also arrested them. Fake sale deed and money were also recovered. No case of taking bribe is made out against the petitioner.
Senior advocate said that there was a nexus between two CBI inspectors BS Rathore and Sunil Dutt and Tehsildar Ranveer Singh. Under which both the policemen were demanding bribe to save Ranveer Singh from police investigation. On getting information, CBI raided and caught BS Rathore and Ranveer Singh red-handed while transacting money, while Sunil Dutt was said to be absconding from the spot.
The investigation of the scam was with the petitioner Nishank Sharma at that time. But his name has not come up anywhere in the CBI investigation and it has only been said that there was a program to give bribe to some unknown officer. Despite this, the CBI has made the petitioner an accused of taking bribe in the charge sheet even though there is no evidence against him.
The court has directed the CBI court that if the petitioner appears in the court, a bond should be obtained from him that he will cooperate in the proceedings of the trial. CBI’s advocate Gyan Prakash said that the petitioner should be given three weeks’ time to answer whether he has taken the bribe or not. Giving time in the court, the CBI has been asked to answer in this matter.