The state government has decided to issue a charge sheet to suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, accusing him of filing Public Interest Litigations (PIL) in violation of an Allahabad high court order.
The charge sheet is likely to be served on him after he returns from Delhi. The state government on Monday suspended Thakur who was serving as the inspector general, Civil Defence.
A state home department officer said, “In its order passed on April 9, the court had stated that the petitioner (Amitabh Thakur) is serving as an IPS officer and is bound by the rules of conduct. As a serving IPS officer he is on duty 24 hours and discharges functions. The court had observed that he may not be allowed to take up public causes which do not concern him and in which the state may be involved directly or indirectly.”
“In clear violation of the high court order, Thakur continued to file PILs in the court. He filed over two dozen PILs in the court on various issues. The state was directly involved in several of them. This clearly shows that Thakur indulged in gross indiscipline and was acting according to his whims and fancies. He was also busy using his resources and time in anti-government activities,” the officer said.
The state government has also charged Thakur with misuse of government money during study leave from June 10, 2009 to February 17, 2011. He was enrolled in IIM-Lucknow but left the institute without completing the course. Yet, he allegedly drew salary and allowance in violation of service rules.
The state government detected discrepancies in the annual declaration of assets made by Thakur from the year 1992 to 2010. He did not give details of his movable and immovable properties purchased or sold by him during the period. “It’s violation of Rule 16 of India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968,” the home department officer said.
Thakur has been charged with making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi on the social media site facebook. In violation of service rules, Thakur visited Shahjahanpur after the death of journalist Jagendra Singh. He addressed a press conference and attacked the state government as well on the issue. He also joined an anti-government campaign launched by the Valmiki community in Rampur.
The state government has also charged Thakur with holding press conference in Allahabad over a shoot-out in court in which a lawyer was killed. He met the wife of sub-inspector Shailendra Singh, an accused in the case, and assured her all assistance.
Thakur staged a dharna near the office of the director general of police on June 19. The next day, he addressed a press conference in Dehradun against the DGP of Uttarakhand. On several occasions, he misguided the senior officers about his outstation visits, it was alleged. On December 19, 2012, he said senior officers that he was going to Delhi for personal works but he attended the meeting of an NGO Maulik Bharat in NOIDA.
The state government has also accused Thakur of making baseless statements in the media over the working of various departments and the district administration.