Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on Thursday submitted his reply to the 15-point chargesheet slapped on him by the UP government accusing him of dereliction of duty, anti-establishment approach, and flouting High Court orders.
In a point-by-point rebuttal to the 200-page chargesheet, Thakur, in his 30-page reply submitted to DGP Jagmohan Yadav’s office, said he never flouted any rules and manuals and was “not at fault”.
“I was given 15 days to reply to the chargesheet but I have submitted it within 24 hours… I am not at fault in any of the points stated in the chargesheet. I have never ever been lax towards my duties nor have flouted rules and manuals,” Thakur later told reporters.
The IG-rank officer, who had lodged a complaint against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening him said, “They had stated that I worked beyond my jurisdiction. But I have always worked in the spirit of Article 51A of the Indian Constitution. The All India Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2014, also call for high ethical standards, integrity and honesty, (among other things), which I followed”.
On the charge that he had been filing PILs in which the state was involved, despite a High Court order directing him not to Thakur said, “I have always intimated the state government before filing the PILs. The government never questioned me.”
On the charge that he visited Shahjahanpur after the death of journalist Jagendra Singh and addressing a press meet attacking the state government, the IPS officer said since no FIR was being registered in the case, he had to intervene in the spirit of the Constitution. Thakur had visited Singh and recorded a video of the latter on his deathbed. In the video, the journalist had blamed a UP minister of orchestrating the plan to set him on fire.
Another charge against Thakur was sitting on a protest outside the DGP office in Lucknow. “I was not protesting but was only expressing my pain and anguish,” he countered.