MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who probed the infamous extra-judicial killings of Rajasthan gangsters Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, was suspended by the central government on Thursday evening. A suspend order from the CRPF Director General’s Office, signed by the DIG Gurshakti Singh Sodhi stated that Rai stands suspended with effect from December 17, 2018.
According to the order, Rai is accused of leaving the headquarters without the permission of the DG and even took the allowance for the period he was absent, which is against the All India Service Rules 1969.
IPS Rai had submitted his resignation in August earlier this year. He was serving as the Inspector General of CRPF in Andhra Pradesh. He had made the first high profile arrests of IPS officers DG Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian of Gujarat and Dinesh MN of Rajasthan for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Shaikh and Prajapati in Ahmedabad in the year 2005. Soon after Narendra Modi became the prime minister, Rai was sent on central deputation to North East along with another IPS officer Satish Sharma. While serving in Andhra Pradesh, there was hope for Rai’s return to Gujarat as the government was contemplating on deputing both spouses who serve the government in the same state. Rai’s wife, Vatsala Vasudev, is an IAS officer serving as the managing director of industrial corridor company with the Gujarat government.
Rai’s arrest and interrogation of Gujarat IPS officers for their involvement in the fake encounters in the state had caused trouble to the Gujarat government, and as a result, he was shunted out from one place to another regularly in the name of transfers.
Reacting to Rai’s suspension, former IPS officer and advocate Rahul Sharma questioned the government on how can the centre suspend an officer who has already submitted his resignation voluntarily.