The Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has suspended senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur. This comes after Thakur appealed to the Centre to step in, into the ongoing tussle with Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The suspension with immediate effect came on a day when Thakur, an IG-level officer, approached the Union Home Ministry in Delhi seeking a CBI probe into the rape case filed against him. Incidentally, an FIR was filed a day after he lodged a complaint against Mulayam for allegedly threatening him.
“Mulayam Singh Yadav had threatened me with dire consequences. So, today I have met the Additional Secretary and sought security for me and my wife by central forces,” Thakur said on Monday while talking to reporters outside the North Block in Delhi.
According to Thakur, Mulayam threatened him after his wife Nutan filed a complaint before the UP Lokayukta against state Mines minister Gayatri Prajapati.
“I will bring the matter before the court concerned,” Thakur said while reacting to the state government’s order.
The order says that Thakur has been suspended with immediate effect on prima facie charges of dereliction of duty, indiscipline, taking an anti-establishment approach and flouting high court orders.
Thakur is also not allowed to leave the state headquarters without the DGP’s permission, according to the order.
Thakur claims that a “false” rape case had been slapped against him after he lodged a complaint against SP supremo in Lucknow on July 10 for threatening him.
“I want a CBI investigation into the rape charge against me,” Thakur said.
On July 11, a day after Thakur lodged a complaint against Mulayam, an FIR was registered against him at Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow under sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. This was on the basis of an earlier complaint by a Ghaziabad-based woman. The IPS officer’s wife was been named a co-accused in the FIR.
“No wife will help her husband to rape a woman. Besides my children also live in my house which is very small. Let the CBI probe the allegation. If my demand is not met, I will approach the High Court and seek justice. This is nothing but political conspiracy and harassment against me,” Thakur explained.
Meanwhile, Mulayam’s son and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has washed his hands off the controversy.
In a press conference in Farrukhabad, Akhilesh said, “When Mulayam Singh Yadav can scold the chief minister, there is nothing wrong in his scolding an official.”