Suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the wee hours of Tuesday from his Ahmedabad residence on charges of corruption relating to a piece of land given to a corrugated boxes manufacturing company in Kutch in which his wife has some stakes.
As per reports, Sharma was picked up by ACB sleuths from his mother’s house in Ahmedabad around 2.30 am and till last reports came in he was kept in house arrest at his Gandhinagar residence.
After his arrest, Sharma alleged that he had been framed by former Additional Chief Secretary P Pannervel, whose wife is a 50 percent partner in the company named “Value Packaging”.
Sharma had recently moved court to file an FIR against PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for allegedly snooping him and a woman architect.
Sharma had earlier alleged that a total of five corruption cases were slapped on him in retaliation by the former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi since he refused to follow his diktats.
All the five cases were registered in Kutch where he served as collector after the 2001 earthquake.
Sharma, who was arrested in 2010 from his official residence as Bhavnagar Municipal Commissioner, was released in 2013 on bail. He faced arrest one after another in five cases.
He had termed it a conspiracy by the Modi government against him.