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UP calls whistleblower DIG insane, hospitalises him

Fire department senior officer says bureaucrats misappropriated funds worth several crores of rupees.

lucknow Updated: Nov 06, 2011 01:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Devendra Dutt Mishra,Uttar Pradesh Fire Service Department,UP TOP COP

A senior IPS officer, who had alleged massive corruption in the Uttar Pradesh government, was termed “mentally ill” and forcibly taken to a hospital by a police team on Friday.

Devendra Dutt Mishra, a deputy inspector general in the state fire services department, had alleged that senior bureaucrats in the department had misappropriated funds worth several crore of rupees.

He had even threatened to make public files containing evidence of the massive embezzlement in the purchase of equipment made by the fire services department.

"Top officers demanded cut and commission on purchases made by the fire services department," he told mediapersons, adding that he had been "forced" several times to clear files.

Mishra said an officer of the rank of principal secretary in the home department had recently demanded commission when the state government floated a tender worth Rs 16 crore for the purchase of fire-fighting equipment.

“When I opposed it, senior bureaucrats humiliated me and that’s when I decided I would not be a mute spectator any more,” Mishra said.

Mishra, who is due to retire from service in two years, said he feared for his life as he was speaking against the state government.

“If I am arrested or killed, my family members should be aware of the facts,” he said. “I have discussed the issue with my wife before exposing corruption in the fire services department.”

The government responded by forcibly taking Mishra to the psychiatric ward of Chahtrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, saying he had a “mental problem”.

“Mishra is suffering from bipolar effective disorder. It’s an episode of mania without psychotic symptoms,” principal secretary (home) Kunwar Fatehbahadur said, quoting the medical report.

The government said it had directed the anti-corruption bureau to investigate into the charges made by Mishra.

Mishra’s colleagues said he was “an honest and upright” officer and was well-behaved. “Mishra had a fantastic relationship with all employees in the department,” said a police officer. He did not want to be named as he feared action from the state government.

First Published: Nov 05, 2011 11:43 IST