New Delhi: Senior Police Inspector and Encounter Specialist Pradeep Sharma on Friday resigned from Thane crime branch of Maharashtra Police possibly to make his way into politics. Also Read - HAL Employee Arrested for Allegedly Supplying Secret Aircraft Info to Pakistan's ISI: Maharashtra Police

Speculations are rife that the senior inspector, who has over 100 encounters to his name, has submitted his resignation in order to contest in the upcoming Assembly elections on a Shiv Sena ticket. Also Read - Bhiwandi Building Collapse: 14 More Bodies Recovered, Death Toll Shoots to 39

Sharma had been suspended for a few years for his alleged involvement in a fake encounter case of alleged criminal Lakhan Bhaiya. Sharma was arrested and suspended along with 13 other personnel in 2008. Also Read - Maharashtra: Death Toll Rises to 22 in Bhiwandi Building Collapse, Two Adjacent Towers Vacated

He was inducted back in service in 2013. Sharma was set to retire in May 2020 but submitted an early resignation on July 4 to the Director General of Police. His resignation is yet to be accepted, but reports confirm that Sharma refused to divulge his plans.

Pradeep Sharma, who hails from a village in Dhulia, tried securing a party ticket in 2014 Assembly polls too but he failed in his attempt.

Sharma led some of the biggest extortion rackets as the head of the anti-extortion cell in Thane crime branch, including the arrest of Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar.