Claims of Faked Shootouts Tarnish Police Across India
BY GEETA ANAND
MUMBAI—One of India's most famous police officers is on trial—accused of being a killer-for-hire—in a case that embodies the difficulty of trying to clean up the nation's notoriously corrupt crime-fighting forces.
The officer, Senior Inspector Pradeep Sharma, was once so widely revered that two Bollywood movies have been inspired by his exploits. They include the 2004 hit "56 So Far," a reference to the large number of gangsters killed by the big-screen hero.
Today Mr. Sharma is in jail, charged with killing a real-estate broker on behalf of a business rival in 2006, in what is known in India as ◘◘◘