State government accepts Encounter Specialist Pradeep Sharma's resignation

On July 4, encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma had offered his resignation but it had not been approved by the state government. However, after two months, Maharashtra government finally accepted his resignation

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On Monday, September 9, the Maharashtra government accepted 'encounter specialist' Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma's resignation. The resignation was accepted by the state government after two months as Sharma had offered his resignation on July 4.

Sharma was leading Thane Police's Anti-Extortion Cell when he had applied voluntary retirement in July this year after 35 years of service. The police inspector has reportedly shot dead more than 100 criminals in 'encounters' throughout his tenure as a police officer.

An official told News18 that the Home department had accepted Sharma's resignation on Monday and relevant orders had also been issued.

But due to an ongoing case in the Bombay High Court, Sharma will not be enjoy post-retirement benefits. Therefore, he will not be able to get benefits like pension, etc. till the Bombay High Court gives its verdict on a petition challenging Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) order in the Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya alleged fake encounter case.

Sharma was sacked by the government from service for his alleged links with the gangster and Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim gang and his role in the disputed encounter case. However, he was acquitted by a sessions court in 2013 and subsequently was reinstated in the police force in 2017.

Speculations are that Sharma will join the Shiv Sena and contest the upcoming assembly elections from Nallasopara in Palghar against Bahujan Vikas Aghadi MLA Kshitij Thakur.

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