The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India has decided to retire three officers of the Indian Police Service (IPS) Uttar Pradesh cadre in "public interest" before completion of service. Amitabh Thakur, a retired 1992 batch IPS officer (Joint Director Civil Defense), gave this information on Tuesday by tweeting a copy of the order issued by the Uttar Pradesh government itself.
According to the order of Uttar Pradesh Government Additional Chief Secretary Home Avnish Kumar Awasthi attached in the tweet, by the order of 17 March of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, IPS officer of 1992 batch Amitabh Thakur is not found fit to retain him in the "public interest". With immediate effect, it has been decided to retire before the completion of service. Thakur said in his tweet, "I have just received my retirement order in the public interest, the government no longer needs my services, Jai Hind." Thakur has been critical of the government's decisions from time to time.
IPS officer Amitabh Thakur in Lucknow. Source: NDTV
On Monday, Thakur said in a tweet, "I have heard many telling stories of bigoted bribery by a lady officer of Lucknow Police. This shawika seems to have misinterpreted "mission power". " Thakur wrote a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs on November 23, 2016, demanding a change of cadre, alleging that Uttar Pradesh government officials were treating him like a staunch enemy. This was the second time this 1992 batch officer wrote to the Center in this regard. He had earlier sent an application to the ministry to change the cadre citing his life as a threat.
In a letter to the Center, the IPS officer had said that the situation was "deteriorating" day by day. Expressing his inability to work under the current circumstances, he had demanded to be sent out of the state. In January 2017, the Center turned down Thakur's request to change the cadre. Thakur was suspended on July 13, 2015, when he accused Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of making threats. He had made public an audio recording in which he was allegedly threatened by the SP chief.
A copy of the letter uploaded by Amitabh Thakur on Twitter. Source: Zee News
Subsequently, the state government had launched a vigilance inquiry against him. However, in April, the Lucknow bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal stayed Thakur's suspension and ordered his reinstatement with full pay from October 11, 2015. Thakur was posted as Joint Director of Civil Defense on May 17, 2018. According to administrative sources, in addition to Amitabh Thakur, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of 2002 batch and a Superintendent of Police (SP) of 2005 batch have also been decided to retire before completion of service. This information has been confirmed by Avnish Kumar Awasthi.
It is noteworthy that the tenure of Amitabh Thakur, a 1992 batch IPS officer of direct service, has remained till June 2028, while the tenure of the other two officers who have been promoted as IPS from the State Police Service is till June 2023 and April 2024 respectively. Investigations are going on against these officers in many cases.