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Madhya Pradesh: IPS officer relieved of duties after video of him beating wife goes viral

Purushottam Sharma said it was a family dispute and not a crime. He also alleged that his wife "stalked" him and installed cameras in his house to keep an eye on him.

Written by Iram Siddique | Bhopal | Updated: September 29, 2020 2:31:34 am
On Monday, Sharma was relieved of his charge as DG after the home department found his behaviour unethical and indulgent in inflicting domestic violence.

A 1986-batch IPS officer in Madhya Pradesh, Purushottam Sharma, was relieved of his charge as Director General, Prosecution, after a video of him beating up his wife went viral. Citing the video, an order from the state home department has called Sharma’s behaviour unethical and indulgent in inflicting domestic violence.

As per the service conduct rules, the home department has asked Sharma to submit an explanation by 5.30 pm on September 29, following which further course of action will be decided.

Earlier in the day, Sharma was relieved of his charge and attached with the home department where he is yet to get any posting. An official from the department said, “Neither his wife nor son has approached us with a complaint. Taking all aspects into consideration, an FIR or similar action has not been initiated and a disciplinary probe has been initiated.”

In a video that went viral Monday morning, Sharma can be seen beating up his wife after a heated argument. At one point, he is seen pinning her down to the floor. In another video, recorded by his wife, Sharma is sitting in a room with a woman and his wife is asking him why he is there.

When contacted, Sharma told The Indian Express, “This is a family dispute and I am at the receiving end. My wife made the first complaint against me in 2008, but if I had such a violent nature, why did she stay back with me all these years and went on foreign trips and got all the property transferred in her name?”Asked about the allegations made by his wife, he said, “I will answer to an investigating agency when asked, but not to the media.”

After the two videos came to the fore, a police team was sent to meet Sharma’s wife Priya. According to a senior officer, she refused to file an official complaint.

Director General of Police Vivek Johri said, “We have not received any official complaint yet.”

The chief commissioner of the state women’s commission, Shobha Oza, said the commission is in the process of issuing a showcause notice. “We want him to be not only suspended but his service to be terminated. An FIR should be registered under relevant sections invoking domestic violence.”

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