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HC stays suspended IAS Pradeep Sharma’s arrest

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday stayed the arrest of suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma in a case of alleged sale of a state government land at a cheaper rate to a private company in Kutch district during 2003-2004.

Justice J B Pardiwala ordered that Sharma will not be arrested till the next hearing of the case on March 11 after his pre-arrest bail petition. The High Court has also sent notices to the state government and the probe agency of the case -- the Enforcement Directorate (ED) -- in connection with the petition which alleged that the authorities had acted against Sharma with a malafide intention coupled with political vendetta.

The authorities, including the state government and the ED, had acted against Sharma as his brother and a Gujarat- cadre IPS officer Kuldeep Sharma was at loggerheads with the state government, said the petition.

Advocate R J Goswami, appearing for the suspended IAS officer, on Tuesday contended before the High Court that there is no need to arrest his client for the custodial interrogation as the case is based on documentary evidence.

Besides, Sharma has been granted regular bail in all the related cases in the matter, said Goswami.
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