Suspended UP IPS Amitabh Thakur challenges Yash Bharati awards
Lucknow : Suspended Uttar Pradesh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur on Saturday has filed a petition in Lucknow bench of Allahabad High court challenging the Yash Bharati awards.
The petition said there are many names in the list of awardees vis-à-vis whom his contribution in social field is definitely of superior nature. It said the entire Internet hardly shows any public achievements associated with names like Sthavi Asthana, Iqbal Ahmed Siddique, Wazir Ahmad Khan, Chakresh Jain and many others.
Amitabh said the way 22 names were initially chosen surreptitiously and 12 more names were added twice at the last moment, making it a list of 46, clearly shows that the awards are being given arbitrarily.
He said giving this award to Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan’s wife Surabhi Ranjan is directly against the principle of natural justice and wipes away their credibility.
The petition said giving Rs. 11 lakh along with Rs. 50,000 per month pension, without adopting a fair procedure is definitely against the established administrative principles and is an indicator of arbitrariness, hence he has prayed for cancelling of the wards and giving these awards through a fair and transparent procedure.