A court in Lucknow has directed police to file an FIR against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening IPS officer Amitabh Thakur over phone.
Chief judicial magistrate Som Prabha Mishra asked police on Wednesday to probe the matter properly and to inform the court about their findings.
Thakur, an officer of the rank of inspector general of police, approached the court after police rejected his application for an FIR against Yadav, saying his allegations were not substantiated.
The court accepted Thakur’s application and directed Hazratganj police station chief Vijay Mal Yadav to file the FIR under relevant provisions of the law. The judge accepted the plea under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which empowers a magistrate to direct police to file an FIR.
After going through facts provided by Thakur, the court observed that there appeared to be grounds for a case under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for criminal intimidation).
Close on the heels of the court’s order, the vigilance wing of Uttar Pradesh police lodged an FIR against Thakur under the Prevention of Corruption Act at Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow.
Thakur was accused of involvement in corruption and procuring assets worth Rs 1 crore, according to the FIR. The vigilance inquiry was started after Thakur submitted an application for an FIR against Mulayam Singh Yadav on July 11.
Thakur, who has been locked in a tussle with the Uttar Pradesh government, was earlier served a 200-page charge-sheet.
The IPS officer sparked a political storm by releasing text and audio of his purported phone conversation with Mulayam Singh Yadav on July 10, during which the Samajwadi Party chief allegedly threatened him.
A complaint of rape was lodged against Thakur and his activist wife Nutan Thakur in Gomti Nagar by a woman from Ghaziabad on July 11, hours after he submitted his complaint against Yadav at Hazratganj police station.
The state government suspended Thakur on July 13, soon after he approached the Union home ministry to seek a CBI probe into the rape charge slapped against him.