Suspended UP IPS officer gets Khemka, Chaturvedi backing
Suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur, who is locked in a tussle with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Sunday got moral support from noted Haryana bureaucrats Ashok Khemka and Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
Khemka, a 1991-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Haryana cadre, shot into limelight when he cancelled the mutation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s illegal land deal in Gurgaon. Similarly, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, a 2002-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of the Haryana cadre, locked horns with the Haryana government for “deliberately” denying him the right to promotion. He too exposed several corruption cases in his department.
“Khemka and Chaturvedi called up Amitabh on Sunday, saying that they extend their moral support in his fight for justice. The officers said they are sure Amitabh will emerge victorious in this case,” said Nutan Thakur, Amitabh’s social activist wife. Amitabh said these words from the “finest officers had boosted his morale in his fight for justice”.
Amitabh had stirred a political storm by releasing the text and audio of his alleged conversation with Mulayam, in which the latter had allegedly threatened him over phone. Thakur said Mulayam threatened him after his wife Nutan filed a complaint before the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta against state mines minister Gayatri Prajapati.
He was suspended on July 13 by the state government, hours after he approached the Union home ministry in New Delhi, seeking a CBI probe into the rape charges slapped against him soon after he lodged a complaint against the SP chief for allegedly threatening him on July 11.
The ruling BJP in Karnataka will be holding 'Janotsava' rally in Doddaballapura on August 28 to mark the completion of Basavaraj Bommai-led government's one year in office and the saffron party being in power for three years in the state. A meeting headed by Chief Minister Bommai was held to discuss the preparations for this event on Tuesday night at his official residence, his office said in a statement.
The maximum temperature in Mumbai is expected to hover around 27 degrees as the city may witness moderate to heavy rainfall on Wednesday. The minimum temperature will stay around 24 degrees. “There will be a high tide of 4.39 metres in the Arabian Sea here at 2.57pm,” an official said. Mumbai witnessed heavy showers on Tuesday as the rain intensity increased in the city after a gap of a few days.
The Union animal husbandry and dairying minister, Parshottam Rupala, who was in Chandigarh on Tuesday to review the situation prevalent due to the lumpy skin disease (LSD) in livestock, said that so far eight Haryana districts have remained unaffected by this disease. “The Union minister said the Haryana government has been making efforts to tackle this disease,” an official spokesperson said. Among the most affected districts are Sirsa, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Palwal.
Spurring medal-winning sportspersons from Haryana to help train sportspersons who can bring more medals at international sporting events, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday gave the slogan of 'Padak Lao Padak Badhao' to the players of the state. The CM, who was speaking at a function organised in Gurugram in honour the Birmingham Commonwealth Games medal winners, said that medal-winning players will have to prepare five-10 players like themselves.
Two miscreants have allegedly snatched Rs 8 lakh from a labour contractor at a railway station in Karnal. Police said the incident took place on Tuesday morning when the victim, Sita Ram of Nilokheri, reached the railway station to board a train. After receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and started investigations. In his police complaint, Sita Ram alleged that his brother-in-law Umesh has a contract to provide labourers to brick kilns.