A day after he was suspended for “indiscipline”, senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur Tuesday said he would continue his fight against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, even as the Opposition parties slammed the action against the IG rank official as an “act of revenge” by the ruling party.
In a related development, a woman who had lodged an FIR against Thakur alleging rape, hours after he lodged a complaint against Mulayam for threatening him, recorded her statement before a magistrate.
“The statement of the woman and her husband was recorded as per rules before a magistrate,” IG Public Grievance A Mutha Jain said.
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The FIR against Thakur was lodged by the Ghaziabad-based woman under IPC sections 376 (rape), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) on Saturday night. The officer’s wife, Nutan Thakur, was also made co-accused in the FIR.
Thakur was suspended late Monday night by the Akhilesh Yadav government on prima facie charges of dereliction of duty, indiscipline, arbitrariness, adopting an anti-establishment approach and flouting high court orders. Thakur had last Friday released an audio clip, purportedly a recording of a telephonic conversation between him and Mulayam in which latter allegedly threatened him with dire consequences.
“As far as I am concerned, there is no doubt that the voice in the audio is that of Mulayam… I will hand over the original tape to the police and see what action they take,” Thakur said.
Tracing the genesis of the “threat”, he said it appeared to be a fall out of efforts of his wife Nutan Thakur, an RTI activist, to expose the illegal mining and the alleged role of “Mulayam’s blue-eyed boy” Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, who is the mines minister.