Even as suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur remains defiant and is convinced that his acts didn’t amount to violation of service conduct rules, the political class and some others feel that he may have taken things a bit “too far.”
Top bureaucrat turned politician PL Punia, who is also the national SC/ST chairman, describes Thakur’s act as ‘objectionable.’
Punia, who was the principal secretary to the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and later to Mayawati, says, “Apart from being a violation of service conduct rules, there is also the issue of playing football by following the rules of tennis. Had he limited himself to his department and highlighted issues there, it would have been understandable. But the kind of wide angle view he seems to have taken on various issues can’t be defended.”
The UP IPS Association doesn’t seem to have formed a “view” on their colleague taking on the state government. Former UP DGP Prakash Singh also felt there could have been other better ways to register one’s protest.
“I am not saying one should be servile, but one can still draw popular support by following the conduct rules,” he says.
Singh slams the UP government too for being ‘vindictive’ and for having resurrected a ‘rape case’ against the bureaucrat but added that Thakur could have followed ‘certain decorum’.
Though Thakur has sought the home ministry’s intervention on his public spat with UP government, home minister Rajnath Singh, a stickler for discipline among bureaucrats, may not be “very keen” on siding with an ‘officer indulging in undue activism.’
The suspended bureaucrat, however, isn’t unduly perturbed by the extreme reactions he has been drawing, especially in political circles. If anything, he appears confident that the general public apathy against politicians would result in ‘popular support’ to his rebel act.