Former Gujarat Director General of Police, P C Thakur, who was appointed Director Feneral ( Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards) in the Union government, has gone on sick leave.
Thakur said he won’t go to Delhi, citing “critical health” of his wife. The IPS officer said that he “can’t appease some individuals and their orders”.
“No husband will leave his wife is such a condition,” Thakur, who was recently replaced by P P Pandey as Gujarat police chief, told The Indian Express Sunday.
Thakur, it has been learnt, proceeded on sick leave on Friday, soon after the Department of Personnel and Training announced his central deputation and did not turn up on Saturday to hand over the charge to Pandey, who was named an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
“There is no question of going to Delhi now. I have informed the state government about the critical condition of my wife. She is on oxygen support and needs round the clock medical attention,” Thakur said. “I have served the nation and this state and always stood for the rights of downtrodden, but I can’t appease some individuals and their orders.”
Thakur, who was made state police chief in 2013, said he has informed the state government about his decision against moving to Delhi.
Asked about any plan to quit the service, Thakur said: “I will not do that. But, given the condition of my wife and how she needs me round the clock, I can’t go to Delhi.”
Apparently unhappy with the Centre’s order, Thakur did not respond to calls from his subordinates on Saturday.