Uttar Pradesh government reinstates IPS officer Amitabh Thakur
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur, who remained suspended for the last eight months, has been reinstated in the force on Wednesday.
“I have received a letter from the Principal Secretary of Home department, in which it was mentioned that I have been reinstated and will also receive my wages pending since October, 2015. I consider my reinstatement as the triumph of justice,” Thakur told newztrack.com and added, “the orders of my posting will be issued later”.
Thakur had filed the petition in Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on April 11, 2016, challenging the extension of his suspension by the UP Government for 95 days on March 31, 2016. The decision was taken on the same day when the Centre quashed the suspension order dated October 11, 2015.
In the petition, Thakur said the state government is bound to comply with Centre's order and instead of complying with the central government order, the UP government extended his suspension which is prima-facie illegal. Consequently, he asked CAT to direct state government to reinstate him abruptly.
The officer was suspended by the UP government on July 13, 2015, on corruption and indiscipline charges. On July 10, 2015, he had lodged a complaint with the police alleging Mulayam Singh Yadav, the ruling Samajwadi Party chief in the state, of threatening him in a telephonic conversation.
The suspension was extended on October 10, 2015, for 180 days, which expired on April 7, 2016. Later, the suspension was extended for the second time for 95 days on March 31, 2016. The order also stated that suspension would go on extending automatically till the time departmental inquiry against him is pending.