The Lucknow chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court on Wednesday ordered the police to register an FIR against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening IG-rank officer Amitabh Thakur over the phone. The court has asked the police to keep it informed about the progress of the case.
The state government had suspended Thakur on July 13 hours after he approached the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into a rape case lodged against him. At that time, Thakur was posted as IG (Civil Defence). He was served a 200-page chargesheet and a Vigilance inquiry was initiated against him.
After the Hazratganj and Gomti Nagar police rejected Thakur’s complaint against Mulayam, the IPS officer had moved the CJM court. He sought lodging of an FIR, alleging that on June 10, Mulayam had threatened him of dire consequences over the phone. The same day, Thakur had also released an audio clip containing the purported conversation.
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On Wednesday, Thakur’s lawyer Akhilesh Kumar Awasthi said, “Chief Judicial Magistrate Som Prabha Mishra, while accepting Thakur’s application under CrPC Section 156 (3), directed the Hazratganj police SHO to file an FIR under relevant sections. The court also has directed that it be apprised of the progress of investigation.” Section 156 (3) empowers a magistrate to direct police to file an FIR.
He added that the court observed that while going through facts, the matter appears to be an offence under IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation).
Thakur had claimed that the inspector of Hazratganj police station, Vijay Mal Singh Yadav — in a letter on July 17 — had claimed that the complaint against Mulayam was inquired into but the allegations were not substantiated and hence, it was rejected. Thakur had alleged that the letter did not mention any reason for the conclusion it had reached. The letter “seems to have been drawn superficially, quite visibly under pressure,” he had said.
After no FIR was registered by Hazratganj police, Thakur had sent an application to the Lucknow SSP on July 22. In his application, Thakur had said Mulayam’s statements were “definitely criminal intimidation”, which is a cognizable offence and hence, he had sought registering of FIR.
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The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Vigilance department on Wednesday lodged an FIR against senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur for amassing property worth more than Rs 1 crore, allegedly disproportionate to his known sources of income. The FIR was lodged on the basis of an inquiry ordered against Thakur in July. Gomti Nagar station house officer Shyam Babu Shukla said, “A case has been lodged by inspector Mahesh Singh, posted at the vigilance department.” Earlier in the day, Thakur met UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan and Principal Secretary (Home) Debasish Panda, requesting them to issue direction to hear him and his wife Nutan Thakur in the ongoing vigilance inquiry. When contacted, Thakur said he was assured of a “fair inquiry”, but no one visited him to record statement. The suspended IPS officer further said he was planning to approach the High Court for quashing of the FIR. ENS