Shambhu Dutt Sharma a great Gandhian freedom fighter (September 9, 1918 – April 15 2016), was born in Hoshiapur District, Punjab. At age 24 years, in 1942, he resigned from the British Indian Army as a civilian gazetted officer and joined Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement. This law graduate faced imprisonment many times. He became the honorary secretary of Gandhian Satyagraha Brigade in 2007 and wanted to wipe out corruption for which he started satyagraha. It was in favor of adoption the Law Commission’s ‘Corrupt Public Servant’s Bill prepared in 1999 by the Law Commission in India by which criminals were debarred from contesting elections.
Shambhu Dutt Sharma demanded that corruption ends in the country on January 30, 2011 at the age of 92 years by trying to fast unto death. However after many prominent individuals like Swami Agnivesh, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal persuaded him, he ended the fast unto death at Jantar Mantar. He founded the Transparency International India. In good faith he called off his strike much before the role was taken over by the NGO – Indian Against Corruption. He took part in a number of satyagrahas with Mahatma Gandhi during the struggle for independence and has been to jail many times.