THE UTTAR Pradesh Gover-nment has suspended a 1992-batch IPS officer Jasvir Singh, who was posted as Additional Director General (ADG) with rules and manuals department of the Uttar Pradesh Police, for violation of service rules by making certain remarks while giving an interview to an English news and opinion website.
In the interview, he purportedly commented on ‘adverse impact’ of politics on governance, and did not reply when an explanation was sought in the matter.
While according to the UP police website he was suspended on February 14, no communique has yet been issued by the government in this regard. His interview to the website was posted in January this year.
From field postings to insignificant police units
Jasvir Singh has not been in the good books of any government — be it the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party. Initially he used to get field postings but for the past several years he had been often posted in insignificant police units. A senior IPS officer, who did not wish to be named, claimed that Jasvir’s suspension was politically motivated because of his style of working. IG, Civil Defence Department, Amitabh Thakur said government action in such cases should “definitely be transparent.”
Confirming the action, UP Director-General of Police (DGP) Om Prakash Singh said Jasvir Singh also went on leave that was not sanctioned to him.
When posted in the food cell unit of UP Police, Jasvir Singh had also started a probe into a multi-crore foodgrain scam in Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur and the case was later transferred to CBI for investigation into the scam that allegedly occurred during 2004-05 following a court order.
DGP Om Prakash Singh said, “It [suspension] was about the remarks. When we sought an explanation on this, he did not reply. He also took leave in an unauthorised way. Leave was not sanctioned to him but he left. These allegations are there against him,” said DGP. Jasvir, who has reportedly left for his hometown in Punjab, was unreachable for comment.