Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer Amitabh Thakur was suspended by the state government on Monday after he brought his fight against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to New Delhi.
“Thakur has been suspended for indiscipline, holding anti-government view, overlooking high court directives, dereliction of duty and violating service rules,” a state home department officer said.
He said Thakur filed several PILs in courts overstepping his jurisdiction, gave "baseless" statments against the state government and encouraged indiscipline in the police force.
“Thakur also participated in the meetings of various organizations and misused state government resources as well. He sat on dharna near the DGP office and gave incomplete information about his assets in his annual declaration of property.He misused his post and office to collect information from state departments to assist his wife in filing PILs,” the officer said.
Thakur responded to the suspension saying, "It is not easy to walk an honest path, I will approach the courts."
The suspension came hours after the officer sought intervention of the Union home ministry to get a CBI probe ordered into a rape charge against him.
Thakur met additional secretary in the home ministry, Anant Kumar Singh, also a UP cadre IAS officer. “Mulayam Singh Yadav had threatened me with dire consequences. So, today I met the additional secretary and sought security for me and my wife by central forces,” Thakur said.
'No wife will help her husband rape'
After the officer on July 11 filed a complaint against Yadav for threatening him over the phone, an FIR was registered in Lucknow against Thakur under sections 376 (rape),504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, on the basis of an earlier complaint by a Ghaziabad-based woman.
As per the complaint, his wife, Nutan, had helped in the alleged crime committed at the couple’s home in December last year. Thakur termed the allegation as completely false.
“No wife will help her husband rape a woman. Besides, my children also live in my house. Let the CBI probe the allegation,” he said.
The couple has demanded central security as well, which is being looked into by the Centre.
Later in the day, the city police visited Thakur’s house in Gomti Nagar when the couple was away, bringing along the woman who had filed the rape complaint. The couple objected, saying police were trying to fabricate evidence and making the woman aware of the exact location.
Meanwhile, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav defended his father, saying he had merely “scolded” the IPS officer over the phone.
“Netaji (Mulayam) is such a tall leader. He even scolds me; he might have scolded him (Thakur) too. He shouldn’t feel bad,” said Akhilesh. “He told Thakur ‘sudhar jao’ (mend your ways). It was not a threat but a general expression,” the CM claimed.
Another senior UP minister Azam Khan demanded that the charges of rape levelled against Thakur be probed thoroughly. "He has committed an immoral act and should not be spared," Khan said in Jhansi.
UP governor Ram Naik refused to comment on the controversy, terming it is a political issue.
"I will not comment on it...it is a political issue," he said, adding, "Whatever has to be done, will be done."
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