The Lokayukta on Tuesday registered a case of amassing properties disproportionate to his known sources of income and misusing official position against suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur.
N K Mehrotra, who registered the case on the basis of a complaint filed by RTI activist Sanjay Sharma, said Thakur has been asked to file his reply by August 6. The Lokayukta has also sought details of Thakur’s properties from the state appointment and personnel department.
“Sharma has also filed a supplementary complaint, in which he has alleged that Thakur has acquired two properties in Lucknow’s Bhainswara and Khargapur in his mother’s name. He added that two properties in Khargapur and Tiwaripur near Janakipuram were acquired by Thakur’s wife Nutan, a social activist,” said Mehrotra.
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In his main complaint, Sharma has alleged that while Thakur has two properties in his name, Nutan has nine properties in Bihar and Lucknow, which are disproportionate to their known sources of income. He has further alleged that the couple have invested black money in a construction project and are using his four NGOs for the purpose.
Sharma has alleged that though he is a public servant, Thakur has stakes in NGOs, which he is not allowed to. When asked, Mehrotra said he is yet to find out whether public servants are allowed to be part of NGOs.
On July 23, Thakur had met Mehrotra and submitted details of his properties. He had claimed that Sharma had levelled such allegations on someone’s direction and requested the Lokayukta to take action against the complainant as per UP Lokayukta Act, if his claims were found to be false.
Thakur, an IG-rank officer, was suspended by the UP government on July 13 on charges of indiscipline. The decision came a few days after Thakur had lodged a complaint with the police, claiming he was threatened by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. His wife had also made public the audio clip containing the purported conversation.
Sharma, meanwhile, has claimed that his complaints were based on the replies that he had received as part of his RTI queries.