The Uttar Pradesh government has reinstated IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who was under suspension since July 13 last year. Thakur had been suspended on charges of “indiscipline” and “anti-government point of view” among others.
Addressing reporters in Lucknow, Thakur said he received a copy of the order about his reinstatement issued by Principal Secretary, Home, Debasish Panda, on Wednesday. As per the order, the IPS officer has been reinstated from October 11, 2015, when his suspension had ended as per the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1969, as it was not extended within stipulated 90 days.
The central government had earlier held that Thakur’s suspension was not valid after October 11, 2015, as his suspension was extended only after the period of 90 days since the first suspension order.
Thakur had later moved Central Administrative Tribunal, which had also held that continuing his suspension after October 11, 2015 was not lawful because of the non-extension of suspension order in time.
Thakur’s suspension had come days after he had filed a complaint with the police, alleging that he had been “threatened” by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav over phone. Thakur, who was posted as IG, Civil Defence, at the time, had also made public the audio of the purported conversation.
According to Thakur, Mulayam had called him after his wife Nutan, a social activist, had filed a complaint with Lokayukta against UP mining minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati for allegedly amassing disproportionate wealth.