The man who could perhaps have been Gujarat’s police chief is now retired, but he is been retained as an adviser in the Union ministry of home affairs. Kuldip Sharma — the 1976 batch IPS officer, who battled CM Narendra Modi in court and in the media — was not only denied promotion as DGP but had criminal charges levelled against him. It took the HC to put an end to the case. Sharma came to Delhi as DGP of Bureau of Police Research & Development.
So, has the Centre appointed Sharma simply to thumb its nose at Modi? Sharma’s brother, Pradip, an IAS officer was arrested in an alleged land scam and is now out on bail. He is still battling it out with Modi.
Cause of envy
He’s not from the IAS or even the IPS, but Gautam Sanyal, secretary to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, is widely considered the most powerful babu in the state. It’s a fact that many veteran babus are now learning to live with. Sanyal, sources say, is Didi’s most trusted lieutenant, and a word from him is considered as good as a diktat from the CM herself.
Envy against Sanyal does not merely stem from his proximity to Banerjee, but also that he happens to be an officer from the lesser-known central secretariat service. Chief secretary Samar Ghosh was reluctant to push Sanyal into a position usually “reserved” for IAS officers.
But he couldn’t prevail as Banerjee was adamant to bring Sanyal on board. Some point out that Sanyal’s clout has risen at the cost of Nazrul Islam, an IPS officer, who obviously has fallen out of favour with the temperamental Chief Minister.